Last week we wrote an article about preparing your, or your child’s, Halloween costume with safety in mind. If you missed it, you can read about it here. This week we’ll be talking about ways to stay safe while trick-or-treating as well as how to make your home safe for trick-or-treaters coming to you!
Safety in numbers
Plan a group outing for Halloween this year. There’s always safety in numbers, so gather as many friends and family members as you can and go trick or treating together. It’s always safer when you have more people to look out for cars and keep an eye on little ones. Plus, the more the merrier!
Watch for traffic
Make sure your kids know these rules. If you’re like me, traffic is something that terrifies you. While Halloween is meant to be scary, you should still teach your kids these basic traffic and trick-or-treating rules:
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic
- Never cut across yards or use alleys
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks
- Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
Stay comfortable. The best way to avoid stranger danger is to trick-or-treat in places where you are comfortable and know the other adults present. Additionally, here are a few other safety precautions to put in place:
- Always trick-or-treat with a parent close by
- Don’t enter any homes
- Report any suspicious or unlawful behavior
- Brush up on your self-defense moves if you take taekwondo (and if you don’t, why not sign up for a self-defense class!)
Halloween at home
Keeping your home safe. To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater or run away.
Have a great night!
By keeping all of these suggestions in mind, and putting plans for safety in place, you’re bound to have a terrific Halloween night. Happy trick-or-treating!