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Halloween Safety 411

Updated on May 3, 2020
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Canela is a parent who has survived a few scary Halloween nights. She shares her advice in hopes of sparing others the same predicament.

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Before You Trick-Or-Treat Out the Door

It can be challenging to believe that trick-or-treating on Halloween night can be dangerous. Unfortunately, it is a perfect time for bad people to do bad things, like take advantage of a child that is alone. Before you walk out the door with your children, on Halloween night, consider these safety tips to keep them safe while they trick-or-treat.

In addition, not everyone drives safely through neighborhoods. Careless drivers make the streets you and your children are walking unsafe. This is why it is important to take precautions and do what you can to keep your family safe. Take a look at the tips below.

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Safe Halloween Costume Caution

Make It easy to spot your children as they walk from house to house. Many children are wearing the same costumes. Maybe your children are wearing a spiderman costume like several of the other kids you saw tonight. Is the child in the spiderman costume next to you yours? Are you sure?

Even if you stay next to your child the entire evening even the slightest distraction can suddenly become a moment you cannot see your child. The crowds of adults, the number of children in similar costumes, and array of Halloween decor in the night can make finding your child even more difficult. How do you know at the end of the night that you have the right child? How can you spot your child a little easier?

Did you do something to your child's costume to make your child stand out from the crowds in the dark? Maybe you tied a colorful handkerchief onto part of his/her costume or his costume doesn't cover his face so you can easily see your child's face? Take some time to think about it. What can you do to make sure your child is your child and not the other child in the spiderman costume? Take a look at these light-up slap-on bracelets that go well with any costume.

Take some time to also think about how your child's costume may interfere with his safety. Is the costume so bulky your child can't maneuver easily or worse move out of harm's way (ex. a car coming behind him or a stranger trying to nab him)?

If it is hot out will his costume make him hotter? Take some water just in case he becomes thirsty. Does his mask or make-up interfere with his vision? Can you make the eye mask holes bigger? Or can your child take the mask off while walking and then put it on right before approaching a house to say trick-or-treat?

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Get a Workout! Walk Your Child To From House to House

Though I believe there are more good people than there are bad we still need to watch out for the cruel people living among us. Do you really know your neighbors as well as you think you do?

Better safe than sorry and remind your children not to go into anyone's house, not even the house of the nice old lady across the street. It is also good to remind them too to stay away from houses that do not have their porch lights on.

If you are able to walk, walk with your children from house to house. Keep your car parked at home, or close to where you and your children are trick-or-treating. If you worry about the walking distance, park your car in a safe place near the area you and your children will walk. Even your older children can be reminded to walk with someone they trust rather than alone.

Besides safety, there are also additional benefits to walking with your children. You will waste less gas, get more exercise, and there will fewer chances of getting into a car accident or accidentally running over another child if you are not driving on a busy neighborhood street on Halloween night.



Keep Your Eyes Open. Stay Alert

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Look Both Ways Applies During Halloween Too

On Halloween night the neighborhood streets are filled with people. Some drivers are kind and drive slowly throughout the neighborhood streets watching for people on the street. Other drivers.....are not so kind.

In fact, some drivers may be texting and driving and not watching out for pedestrians. Some drivers may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some drivers may be texting and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The drivers are too busy talking on their cellphones, too impatient to slow down, and too selfish to care about who is on the road. It is up to you to look out for your children and remind your children to be aware of their surroundings. Remind them to look both ways before crossing any streets.

Even safe drivers have a hard time seeing at night and because children are smaller and shorter they are even harder to see than adults. A driver may not see a child in the dark on street full of other people and distractions. For safety, if there are sidewalks in the neighborhood stay on the sidewalks. If the neighborhood is absent of sidewalks walk close to the curb rather than the middle of the street.

In addition, carry a flashlight and brightly colored clothes to help you and your Halloween bunch stand out in the dark and be easier for drivers to see.

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Watch For Strangers In Cars Too!

Cruel people aren't just behind the front door of a house. They drive too and Halloween night is a good time to taking advantage of lost or easy to grab children. Remind your children not to get into a stranger's vehicle, not even for free treats. Remind your child ith is okay to scream or make noise as loud as they can to attract help if someone tries to grab and take them.

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Don't Be Lazy! Check the Candy

I am at fault of forgetting to do this myself sometimes or doing it, but not with every piece of candy. As parents, we need to know that candy can be laced or injected or can house dangerous material within the candy that bad people want to harm your children with. If the wrapper is torn, open, or has a hole in it throw it away. If it tastes or smells funny throw it away. Make a game of it and involve your children in the task of helping you look through all the candy. The bad candy is tossed. The good candy is double-checked. Teach your children to check it. Ask them to wait until you have confirmed it and then enjoy the good stuff with them. Does anyone have peanut M&M's?

Lovely tip: if you feed your children a good, healthy filling meal before going out to trick-or-treating your children won't be as tempted to sneak and eat the candy before you check it.

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Identification and Information

Halloween tends to draw large crowds of people and vehicles to the streets. If your children become lost would they know how to call home or find their way home? Do they know how to contact the police? Do they carry some form of ID with them in case someone finds them and needs to contact you? Do you have any ID on you in case you become lost or hurt? Make sure you and your family carry some form of IDs and make that your little ones carry or memorize at least two phone numbers with them: 1 for home and one of someone you trust.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Canela Ajena

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