It’s that time of the year when they get to wear their favorite cartoon character’s costume and get their fill of candies and chocolates. Trick-or-Treat in itself is always a blast, but it will certainly be better if you keep this safety tips in mind.

 

Plan the Route in advance

 

Survey your neighborhood days before Trick-or-Treat night to determine the best route you and your children could take. Include only those streets that are well-lit, highly populated, and familiar to them. Consider also the age of your children. Keep it short and sweet if you have small children in tow. You may create a map to guide them on where to go.

 

Set the Rules

 

Before setting out, sit down with your children to discuss your rules while Trick-or-Treating.

These include:

  1. Never enter the house of people they don’t know.
  2. If no one answers the door bell, move on to the next house.
  3. Do not be greedy in taking candy.
  4. Do not stray from the group.
  5. Stay on the sidewalk.
  6. Listen to their guardian’s instructions

Let them understand that these rules are for their own safety.

 

 

Always travel in groups

 

As the saying goes, there is always safety in numbers. Encourage other parents or your relatives to go out as a group for Halloween. It’s always better if there are more eyes who’ll keep watch on the little ones. Adult supervision is not mandatory for older children, but you should make sure that they are accompanied by a trusted group of friends.

 

Bring Flashlights

 

Let them carry a flashlight at all times to avoid injuries. You may also put reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible especially to drivers.

 

Inspect the Candies Before They Eat It

 

Reiterate to your kids that they can only eat their loot once they are home. Check their candy for any signs of tampering. Anything that does not look or smell good should be immediately disposed.

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