Though Halloween is known as a night full of spooks and ghouls, parents don’t actually want the evening to be too nightmarish; rather, they want simply for their kids to enjoy a safe, fun evening of trick or treating. As such, it is important for parents to refresh themselves on Halloween safety basics, and to fill in their kids on the dos and don’ts of trick or treating.
As we do every year, then, we want to take just a moment to offer some Halloween safety pointers; feel free to pass these along to the parents and families in your community!
- It’s best to always trick or treat in groups, if possible—and to always have a parent present in every group.
- Make sure that kids know never to go trick or treating at a house that is not well lit. If the lights aren’t on, steer clear!
- If you do want to send your older kids off trick or treating without you, make sure to spend some time going over the route with them in advance. Don’t let them venture into neighborhoods or areas you don’t know well!
- Make sure that all treats are inspected by a parent before they’re eaten; don’t allow your kids to eat anything that isn’t wrapped, which includes things like fruit as well as unwrapped candies.
- Remind your trick or treaters to walk, instead of run, and to stick to sidewalks, not the main street.
- Always bring along a flashlight, even if you don’t necessarily plan on being out past dark! Also make sure kids who are out after dark have reflective clothing or reflective stickers on their costumes.
- If your kids want to dress up with fake swords, wands, or other such objects, make sure they’re made out of cardboard or out of flexible materials. Don’t let your kids go out with actually sharp objects.
- If you go out for the evening and take your vehicle, be extra careful to drive slowly and cautiously!
- If you stay home to greet trick or treaters, keep the home well lit and make sure your dogs and other animals are suitably restrained.
Parents, make this a safe Halloween in your HOA community; encourage your kids to have fun, but also to avoid doing anything too dangerous or reckless!