How to Survive Halloween for Parents
as with everything it's safety first
Treat or Trick know the Difference
Ok, it's that time of year again, Halloween. The kids are all excited, looking for the latest and greatest costume to get dressed up in for that one special night. As they get ready for that night, so should you. There are several steps you need to take to ensure that your little precious ones are safe when they are out and about.
Flashlights and batteries are one of the most important items to have on your list. You need to make sure that you know ahead of time that the batteries are good and can last for a couple of hours. The last thing you want is to be a dark street or trying to cross over a road without a flashlight in hand. Check and double check, you can but a cheap flashlight at Wal-mart or Home Depot for less than the price of a Happy Meal. Please this can bring you a lot more peace of mind than you know.
Gas in your vehicle is something that is often over looked. If you have to drive from location to location to set the kids out for certain areas of the neighborhoods, make sure that you remember to add a few extra gallons to the tank. You think this is over analyzing? The problem isn't that you may not have the gas for Halloween night, as much as you may not have the gas to get back to work the next morning. It happens.
Then of course, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. If you are accustomed to working in an office and wear dress shoes or hills, you make want to take a pair of tennis or running shoes with you that morning just in case you forget that night. If you are walking with your kids, the last thing you want is to wake up the next morning with blisters on your feet and sore ankles. The kids will be fine, but if you are not use to walking, this may be a wake up call to get in shape.
Now we look at the most important thing, protecting your kids.
As with anything, this boils down to a lot of common sense things, but not things that should be over looked. Such as inspecting the candy, make sure before your kids put anything in their mouth you have had the chance to look at it. The main rule of thumb, if you don't know the house, better look out. Never take a chance on a home made candy, caramel covered apples, sugar cookies or anything bagged if you don't know the person they are coming from. This may seem harsh, but there are a lot mean people in this world, this could be one trick that wouldn't be a treat for anyone.
Make sure that your kids are safe around traffic, do not let your kids go unattended in areas with lots of traffic or dark streets. Make sure that the kids stay together and independent kids stay close with traveling crowds, this lessens the chance of cars thinking that it's ok to go, when there maybe a single kid trying to catchup by running across the street alone.
Anyway, these are things to keep in mind to make this a safe and fun Halloween for your kids and you. Have fun and remember to let the kids have a good time too!!