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Trick or Treating Tips for a Safe Night Out
Halloween is one of my favorite nights of the year. The kids get to dress up, have fun, and collect candy. But as a dad, I also want to make sure they are safe and smart. That’s why I follow these simple tips to plan, supervise, and check their trick-or-treating adventure.
Don’t wing it on Halloween night. Pick a route that is safe, well-lit, and friendly. Check the local news or websites for the best times to go trick or treating in your area. Avoid places that are unfamiliar, dark, or sketchy.
Planning ahead will also save you time and hassle. You don’t want to get stuck in traffic, wait in long lines, or get lost. By choosing your route wisely, you can have a smooth and stress-free Halloween night.
Stay with Your Kids
I know some kids want to go trick or treating on their own, but I always stay close by. You never know when they might need your help or advice. For example, you can help them cross the street safely, avoid strangers or troublemakers, and carry extra supplies like flashlights or water bottles.
You can also make sure they are polite and respectful to the people who give them candy. Remind them to say “thank you”, take only one piece unless offered more, and follow any rules or signs posted by the homeowners. You don’t want to spoil the fun for others or get a bad rap in the neighborhood.
Go in Groups
Trick or treating is more fun and safer when you do it with friends. By forming a group, you can create a festive atmosphere and a sense of teamwork. You can also keep an eye on each other and help out if someone gets lost, hurt, or scared.
Trick or treating in groups also makes you more visible and less vulnerable. Drivers will be more likely to see you and slow down when you cross the road. Potential predators or bullies will be less likely to target you or bother you. Plus, you can share your candy and compare your costumes at the end of the night.
Choose Safe Costumes
When picking a Halloween costume, make sure it is safe to wear. This means that the costume should not be too loose or too long, so you don’t trip or fall. It should also be made of flame-resistant materials, so you don’t catch fire near candles or bonfires. Look for costumes labeled as flame-resistant or retardant to be safe.
Also, think about visibility and comfort. Bright colors will stand out better in the dark than dark ones. Add some reflective tape or stickers to your costumes and bags. Carry some glow sticks or flashlights to improve your visibility and spot any hazards. Avoid masks that block your vision or breathing. Use face paint or makeup instead. If you wear masks, make sure they have enough holes and fit well.
Finally, dress for the weather. If it’s cold, wear a costume that can fit over a warm jacket or add layers underneath. If it’s rainy, wear a waterproof costume or bring an umbrella. If it’s hot, wear a light and breathable costume to avoid overheating. And always wear comfortable shoes that fit well.
Check Your Candy
Before you let your kids eat their candy, check it for safety and quality. Throw away any candy that has torn or missing wrappers, holes, or signs of tampering. Don’t eat any homemade treats unless you know who made them and how they made them. They could be unhygienic or contain allergens.
Speaking of allergens, be aware of common ones like nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat. Read the ingredients list on every candy, even if it’s a mini version. They could have different ingredients or be made in different facilities than the regular ones. If your kid has a severe allergy, carry an EpiPen with you and teach them not to eat any candy without checking with you first.
Respect Teal Pumpkins
Some houses may have teal pumpkins on display. This means they are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which offers non-food treats for kids with food allergies. Respect these houses and don’t ask for candy from them. Instead, take one of their non-food items like glow sticks, pencils, stickers, or toys.
If you are giving out treats yourself, consider offering some non-food options as well as candy. This way, you can include kids with food allergies and make them happy too. Just make sure the non-food items are safe and don’t pose any choking hazards or other risks.
Halloween is a night of fun and magic for kids and adults alike. But it can also be a night of danger and trouble if we’re not careful. By following these simple tips, we can make sure our kids have a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating experience that they will remember for years to come.
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