Tips for a Safe Halloween

We love Halloween in our house, especially my son. I think it’s the combination of dressing up like a superhero, loads of candy, and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” everyday for a week. What’s not to love?

But with all this joy, it’s important to take extra safety precautions.

If you want to give your kids the trick-or-treating experience, but don’t want to knock on strangers’ doors asking for candy:

  • Check out community events. Most malls, zoos, museums, cities and schools host trick-or-treating. Some do it for free, some charge a small fee, and many charge a food bank or other charity donation.
  • Gather a group of friends and do a trunk-or-treat. We do this every year in our church group. We all park and pop our trunks. We decorate our trunks and pass out candy.
  • Host a Halloween party and ask families to bring candy for trick-or-treating. Let the kids go from room to room, trick-or-treating.

If you do take your kids out trick-or-treating:

  • Make sure children go out in groups.
  • Make sure each child has a flashlight and at least one has a cell phone.
  • Plan a route for for the children to follow.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and bags to make children more┬ávisible.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Don’t eat homemade treats from strangers.
  • Do not to enter anyone’s home.
  • Make sure costumes are warm, comfortable and easy to move in.
  • Don’t approach houses with the porch light off, and don’t trick-or-treat past 9 p.m.

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

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