- If you live in a friendly neighborhood, Suggest throwing a Halloween block party with the neighbors. Set it up in the street and yards and get everyone involved. Have carnival type games, a few yard haunts, food, music and dancing.Eat a good meal prior to trick-or-treating.
- Consider fire safety when decorating for Halloween.
- Be careful when crossing a street, if you have little kids with you, take their hand and help them cross the street. Also, if you have older kids make sure to show them how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. If they have more than one child with them, they should take the hand of the younger child when crossing the street.
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Safe Halloween Trick-or-Treating
- If your teen or older child can drive and is taking a bunch of friends to a party, make sure that he/she has enough gas to get there. You don't want him/her to run out of gas on a dark street, all alone, like a bad horror movie!
- As horrible as it may sound, get on the internet and check your local state website for sex offenders. Almost every state has one, do a search for your state sex offender site. Find your zip code and it should have a list of registered offenders in your area that includes street addresses. Make sure that your kids stay away from these houses!
- Plan and review with your children the path they will be taking if you aren't going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to change the planned path so you always know where they will be.
- If your kid may be going to a friends home for a party, get the phone number and make sure that you've met the parents first.
- If you have an older kid or young teen who is going out with friends, make sure that you know where and with whom he/she is going.
- Teach your kids NEVER to enter a strangers house or even ring their door for treats unless they are accompanied by an adult and he/she says that it's okay. Always make sure that your kids are within sight when you go out trick-or-treating and use a flash light during night hours.
- Make sure to tell your kids not to get into strangers cars or talk to strangers.Tell them as simply as you can that some adults are bad and want to hurt children,and that is why the MUST NEVER go into a house that they don't know, get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger. Also, tell them that in case this happens, they should scream as loud as they can and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.
- Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating so that they won't be tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.There are lots of fun and tasty Halloween foods you can find on the site and on my Halloween guide and also in Halloween cook books.
- When making a Jack O' Lantern, leave the carving to adults!
- Let your kids know that they should stay together as a group if going out for trick or treating without an adult.
- Tell your kids not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the agreed path you have set together. Also, tell them to stay in well lit areas with lots of people around. Explain how it can be dangerous for kids not to follow these rules.
- Make sure your kid carries a glow stick, a flashlight or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars in the dark.