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Kid safe Halloween

Updated on August 25, 2012

Are you ready for Halloween

Kid safe Halloween.

With just a little common sense Halloween can be the festive holiday is was intended to be. A little planning on the parents part can make it more enjoyable for all. Safety and fun don’t always seem to go hand in hand.

Explain what you expect from your children

Explain to the children the behavior you expect from them when they are out. If you start early enough they might actually listen. Stick to your guns, let them know their night will end early if they don’t follow your simple directions.

Costume choice

Pick your children’s costumes carefully, make sure they fit the season or other clothing can be worn under them because it is not much fun trick or treating when your shivering or sweating. Test any make up in advance if possible. Not all brands are suitable for small children. Red faces the day after with itching will often keep a child home from school if halloween falls in the middle of the school week..

Vehicle safety

If your using a vehicle make sure you pull up to the curb. Everyone who is doing the same has the same worries you do and may not be paying enough attention to where they are in relation to your vehicle. If your children are very young get out and walk to the door with them. Watch for other children as your driving. There are parents out there who have not taught their very young children not to cross the street without looking both ways first, and children who have been taught who tend to forget especially on Halloween night.

Don't drink and drive

Common sense says don’t drink and drive. Tests have proven it slows reaction time so it just makes sense not to do it before taking children trick or treating. Most mothers and fathers never drink anything at all and drive with their children in a vehicle. It is not recommended to walk with them after drinking either, especially if you are watching more than one child. It only takes a split second to change a life forever. This part was written for a friend who lost her 8 year old daughter. Her daughter was hit by a drunk driver. No one wants to outlive their children. From personal experience you never recover from the loss of a child.

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Kaylee's tips

Nine year old Kaylee adds this for other children “Stay close to mom and or dad” . “Only go where they say it is OK to go.” “If a stranger try’s to say more than a few words run to your parents”. “Even if you want to eat what people put in your bag, wait for mom and dad to check any candy before you eat it.” “You might not think it’s fun to do it this way but it is safer.” and “Never cross the street if your not with mom or dad”.

Personal history

In reality not much has changed other than my language in the fifty years since I was nine. Our neighbors were mostly bilingual so understood "trick or treat." There are few if any cultures who have been exposed to American thinking which don’t let their children celebrate Halloween.


It was no different for us. My mother walked with us every year, we knew our neighbors but we were not allowed to accept unwrapped candy from anyone. At age nine there were nine children living in the home. They ranged in age from 10 to 2. We were not only expected to stay together we were told and knew our fun was over the first time someone strayed too far.

Candy safety

Even then no one touched whatever was put in our bags until they were checked. If anything was suspected it was just put in the trash and put to where no one was going to get anything out. There were a few places that offered to x ray candy even in those days. We as a family never used those services. It is up to you to choose if it’s available in your area.

Keep your children safe

Every child over the age of three looks forward to Halloween night. Do what you can to keep them as safe and happy as possible. Hold off on your adult fun until you return home. This doesn’t count enjoying the fun and laughter your children are sure to bring into your night as they are going from house to house.


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    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      ishwaryaa22 thank you. It is a little off season for this article. Much of it is just common sense. There are those though who don't heed these simple rules and there are children who suffer because of it.

      This is one of the few articles which was 100% hand written including about eight revisions before posting. The three oldest children could probably recite it word for word. Writing it was in reality a teaching tool to keep them safe.

      I actually published and left it up for them. The two girls in the video on this hub have moved on. Since the corporation provided the computer they used they are no longer even online. You can guess though they will remember helping write this article, and what they learned while writing it.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      A thoughtful and helpful hub! The young children and their parents should be more cautious and take extra care on one of the busiest celebrations of the year! Children should use harmless make-up, stick to their parents, check candy before eating, cross the roads with parents, walk in groups, avoid strangers and all. Wise and sensible hub!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      It is way off season for this article. I left it up for next year and didn't think I would get many readers off season. Either way mask or makeup there can be problems. Some children are allergic to makeup, but I consider masks unsafe because the block vision. Make up is the lesser of two problems.

      Thanks for sharing Brett, tillsontitan thanks for dropping by.

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      Mary Craig 

      9 years ago from New York

      Good hub with sound advice. I am a big fan of Halloween and encourage people to use makeup rather than masks for children. Masks hinder visibility. Voted up.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Voted up, awesome, and useful. It is so important that kids enjoy this festival and don't end up with bad memories! The tips you give will help with this,

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Becky the picture and the video were taken on the night of the local "Safe Halloween" downtown trick or treat night. It is actually held on Thursday every year. They have the children walk the main street of town here and don't have anything special.

      This article was a joint effort with the girl in the video. All the children who have been here and are here are all shareholders in the corporation so someday she will be repaid for her input.

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      Becky Katz 

      9 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Good hub on Halloween safety. I went with my son to take his four children, 6 and under. We went to a community safe trick or treating event. The businesses and organizations get together in the baseball diamond at one of the schools. They pass out candy, have karaoke, bounce houses and big inflatable slides. The firemen barbecue hotdogs and the whole community has fun. Makes it easier for the parents because it is all together, easier on the police because they just assign a couple of mounted search and rescue officers. It is a great night.


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