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Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Updated on October 19, 2013

Follow These Halloween Safety Tips While Trick or Treating and Have FUN!

Halloween is a fun annual event, but when it comes to your children's safety, it's impossible to be too careful.

With lots of kids running around -- and at night at that -- it is not impossible for some kids to get lost or worse.

Unfortunately, not all parents see the danger. They feel that because their kids are just in the neighborhood, they can run all around no harm will come to them. Besides, an adult is with them.

But are being inside one's own neighborhood and being accompanied by one adult enough to ensure their safety? While Trick or Treating, it's very wise to follow some basic Halloween safety tips.

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Basic Halloween Safety Tips for You and Your Kids When Trick or Treating

Teach your children to be safe while trick or treating this Halloween!

Here are some tips that you might want to go over before you send your little Dracula and Scarecrow out into the night.

Use the Buddy System. Make sure that there is one adult companion for every child. That way, they can be watched over. Having one adult companion with each two kids can work, but only if the adult is used to watching over two kids and the other kid is a bit older, like 8 years old aor above. If you have two toddlers, better get two companions, one for each. They can be real little monsters!

Know Who They Are With. "Adult" constitutes not only the age but also the maturity. A 13-year-old teenager can already be a sufficient companion for a 5-year old, but not when the teenager is wild and immature. Some teenagers will leave their charges to fend for themselves while they go someplace else. Make sure that you know who your kids are with while trick and treating. If it is a relative, make sure you give appropriate instructions. If it is a babysitter, make sure that you check their references.

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Start Early. Your kids do not really have to venture out when it's pitch black outside. They can go to houses early, even when there is still light. This way, there will be less people around and thus, they will be easier to manage. If your kids balk at the idea, tell them that people will have more candies to give when they go to the homes early and, besides, they can stay at home and help scare trick or treaters who come later after dark.

Bright Costumes. Although being Dracula can be good, having them wear brighter and more noticeable costumes is better. This way, they will be more noticeable and less likely targets for people with sinister intentions. Children wearing bright costumes and those with colors that stand out more in the crowd are, therefore, less likely to get lost or kidnapped.

Use a Child Harness Leash. If you do not really have a choice and you promised the kids trick or treating, do not take care of them alone. Have some battle gear like a companion belt, which you can attach to your toddlers and then attach to your arm. That way, even when they roam around, you they are still within your reach. They won't have far to go.

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