Enjoy your Halloween. But here’s a reminder of having a safe Halloween, too.
Plan Your Route & Stick to It –
A few days before Halloween, sit down with your kids and help them map out the route for trick-or-treating. Choose an area that:
- Is safe
- Has sidewalks
- Is a self-contained neighborhood
- Is well-lit
- Is highly populated, and
- Is familiar to them
Let them know, too, that you’ll be expecting them to stay in the area where they said they’d be.
Trick-or-Treat in a Group –
There’s safety in numbers, so make sure that your kids trick-or-treat as a group—and to stick together throughout the evening. If you’re not entirely comfortable with the thought of your kids trick-or-treating without an adult, make plans to stay nearby (on the sidewalk or in your car). In addition, talk with your kids ahead of time about what to do if one of their friends wants to head home early or break off and trick-or-treat alone or with another group.
Head Out –– and Back Home –– Early –
In most towns, trick-or-treating begins before dark and ends by 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. Let your kids know when you expect them to be home, and use your cell phones to check in with one another periodically. (Remind them to charge their phones ahead of time and keep the ringers on while they’re trick-or-treating, too.)
Use Common Sense –
- Never to enter the home of someone they don’t know—even when they’re with a friend.
- Not to take rides from anyone without your permission.
- What to do if they’re approached by someone in a car or by a group of older kids looking to stir up trouble.
- No to eat their loot until after they get home and you have a chance to inspect it. (This is a tough one, but it’s still the safest route.)
Stay Calm in an Emergency –
It’s easy to get spooked on Halloween. So talk with your kids ahead of time about what could go wrong, and make sure they know what to do during an emergency.