Happy Halloween! Tonight there will be ghosts and goblins out looking for treats. There might even be an “Elsa” from Frozen or two joining in the fun of “trick-or-treating”.
Halloween is recognized as a secular, community based event for many families across the country. Rain or snow doesn’t stop this holiday from happening. This is the one time during the year to dress up in costume and visit neighbors after dusk.
“Trick-or-Treating” should be a fun time for kids. Here are a few tips to help make sure your Halloween is safe and fun for all!
Enjoy all of the different costumes and home decorations and have a safe and Happy Halloween! Trick-or-treat!!
- Always have a responsible adult take kids trick or treating. If there is a group of kids going a few parents should go along to keep an eye on things.
- Some smaller towns set curfews for trick or treating. Make sure you know what the hours are for your community.
- Trick or treating traditionally begins at dusk. Spending a couple of hours around the neighborhood should provide a stockpile of candy.
- Plan a safe route for older kids to take and make sure parents know where kids will be at all times.
- Set a time for when they need to be home. Have older kids take a cell phone and flashlight with them while trick or treating.
- Inform your children not to cut through yards or go between homes.
- Stay in well lit, populated areas.
- Instruct kids not to eat ANY treats until they get home so candy can be examined by an adult. Some local hospitals will x-ray candy to make sure it is safe.
- Don’t eat any candy that has already been opened or has been altered in any way.
- Carry a flashlight or a reflective vest so that drivers can see you. Don’t wear dark clothing.
- Make sure your child knows to never go into a stranger’s home or get into their car.
- If a porch light is off and the house is dark, it usually means that the home is out of candy and they are done for the evening. You should not ring the bell if the lights are off.
- If you see a teal pumpkin outside of a home that means that home has allergen-free items for trick-or-treaters.