Trick or Treat Safety Guide
Who’s excited for Halloween? We are! The little ones can’t wait to wear their costumes and head out for some trick-or-treating, and I can’t wait to steal pieces of candy for my mom stash. ;)
Before you get going, we wanted to remind and prepare you to stay safe while you enjoy your candy hunt.
1. Safe trick-or-treat time
Every city or neighborhood has recommended trick-or-treat hours. This is typically before dark for little ones to safely trick-or-treat earlier in the evening. Times usually start around 5pm until 8pm.
2. No masks at night
You want to make sure you can recognize your little ones easily in a crowd especially if there are multiple matching costumes. This also allows other parents around to recognize your child as well. You wouldn’t want someone to accidentally mistaken your child for theirs and try to take them with them. That can be a horrible mistake.
3. Go to door with kids
Never send your little one to someone’s door alone! Always walk up with them.
4. Do not go inside strangers homes
Teach your little ones they should not enter anyone’s home no matter what. If the candy is inside, tell your children to let them know that they will gladly wait for their candy outside.
5. Choose new trick or treat options
There are more options to trick-or-treating then going door to door
This Can usually be found at schools, daycares, churches, or local community centers. It is where parents sign up to come set up the trunk of their vehicle in one open parking lot to pass out treats.
Check with your local mall to see if they have trick-or-treat hours. This is really cool for parents as many stores hand out coupons and gift cards along with treats for the lids.
6.Adult must be present
Kids should not trick-or-treat alone. There should always be a responsible adult present.
7. Road safety
When walking the streets same rules apply
Walk on sidewalk.
Look before crossing street.
Stop for cars.
Hold hands when crossing.
Carry flashlight or wear reflective clothing when dark.
If you’re out driving be mindful of children and drive at a safe speed.
8. Check all treats
CHECK EVERYTHING! Do not allow your kids to eat a single piece of candy until you personally check them first. Do not allow your kids to accept anything that may of been home made, tampered with, or looks questionable.