With Halloween around the corner, it is important to think ahead of ways to make trick-or-treating a fun, safe time. The pre-planning can make the night go smoother, and you will feel more confident about how to address any situation that could pop up. Plus, anytime that you can review safety tips with a child will be carried with them in the long-run.
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5 Ways to Make Trick-or-Treating Safer
1) Use Bright Tape and/or Glow Sticks
Being able to identify your child in the day light and night time reduces stress the day of Halloween. With the candy bags and costumes, mark them with reflective tape or bright stickers. Giving them glow sticks and/or flashlights work great, too.
2) Reduce Distractions
Finding ways to reduce distractions increase our awareness to the surroundings. Keep eyes off of the phones, pads, and other electronics that could tempt as a distraction. These devices tend to affect a person’s attentiveness and how s/he may cross the street.
3) Be Able to See Your Child at All Times
Even without bright markers or a flashlight, having your children within eye range becomes important when they are going door-to-door. Finding them going into a stranger’s house may cause you to be alarmed. Keeping to the well-lit houses is usually a good rule to apply. Overall, having your eyes with them during trick-or-treating will help ensure they are risk-free of danger.
4) Assure Your Child’s Costume is Accidental Proof
Anything from long hems or not great vision on a costume can cause your child to trip over or bump into objects. Even with costume make-up, test the product on a small area on their skin to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
5) Check the Candy Before Your Child Eats Any
You never know what your child will get in his/her candy bag until you look. After a productive couple of hours of trick-or-treating, sort through the winnings. If it’s not to look for yourself, it is safer to throw away anything that looks questionable. Especially if the treat is homemade, make sure your child is able to consume it with not problem.
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Trick or treating brings much joy to the kids and parents. If you can reach it, free candy is up for anybody in the house. Planning ahead for ways to make a fun event like trick-or-treating danger-free is worth it. Finally, if the house is not lit too well, ust be sure that your kids go to well lit houses and that they don’t go into strangers’ houses.
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Written by: Christie McGowan