Fall is upon us and with that comes trick-or-treating on Halloween! Children (and adults) get dressed up for a night out walking their neighborhoods in search for candy, but trick-or-treating can be dangerous for both children and adults if they are not careful.
Here are my top 4 trick-or-treating tips before you head out the door.
First, plan your route.
Most parents venture out into neighborhoods their children may not be familiar with. Plan on staying close to home, in an area that your child recognizes. Also, plan on taking with your kids ahead of time about what to do if they are separated. I know this is scary, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Discuss the importance of walking alongside you and not running ahead to another house. In the event you do become separated, stay calm.
Second, wear comfy shoes.
You will be doing a lot of walking, so make sure your feet (and your child’s feet) are comfy and well taken care of. I know that we, as parents, have a tendency to match shoes with a costume, like play high heels for girls. But it’s best to keep your kids comfortable, or you will end up carrying them. Looking for an extra back up plan? Take a play wagon or a stroller with you in case your child gets tired.
Third, be visible.
Trick-or-treating in the dark is fun. But make sure people can see you, especially if you are wearing dark costumes or clothing. Carry flashlights or have your child wear a glow stick necklace so cars and other people can see you walking. Always talk about street safety with your children and teach them to look both ways when crossing the street.
Finally, check the candy.
This is extremely important!! I remember as a child my parents would always tell us to not eat the candy until they had checked it first. As a child, I found this very irritating and frustrating. But as an adult with four children, I now see the importance! Throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapping or that looks like it has been opened or tampered with. I am not a big fan of homemade treats. Unless I know the people who gave them, it goes in the trash.