In neighborhoods across the country, Halloween is a fun occasion on which the young and young at heart are able to enjoy some good, clean fun—and perhaps a bit of candy, to boot! Pleasant though the trick-or-treating experience can be, it can also provide parents and neighborhood safety advocates with cause for worry. There are some steps that parents can take to ensure that their children’s Halloween is not only fun, but safe, too; we recommend that HOA board members share these tips with any and all concerned parents.
- Start with the costumes. While Halloween themes and motifs are traditionally rather dark, youngsters should have bright, reflective costumers that will make them easy to see even once the sun goes down. Also ensure that the costumes are not so long that they might cause tripping or entanglement.
- Greater visibility can be achieved by putting some reflective tape onto the costume itself, or else onto the trick-or-treat bag.
- Once the actual trick-or-treating begins, it goes without saying that a responsible adult—preferably a parent—should accompany young kids at all times. If older children wish to go alone, it is smart to agree with them beforehand on the route they can take and the time they are expected back home.
- When trick-or-treating, it is important to only visit homes that have a porch light on, and to never actually step into a home or a vehicle to receive a treat.
- It is also important to ensure that trick-or-treaters visiting your own home are safe. Remove any potential tripping hazards, such as toys and hoses, from your front porch. Also make sure there are no wet leaves covering your porch or sidewalk, and that your pets are all properly restrained.
By following these guidelines, you can do your part to make the neighborhood safe this Halloween!