October is here, which means carving pumpkins, spooky movies, and sugar-induced tummy aches all leading up to October 31st. Halloween night is the night for children to trick-or-treat. For a kid, not much is more exciting than dressing up as their favorite character and collecting as much candy as they can physically hold.
Unfortunately, many parents can attest that it can be a scary task to eliminate the “trick” when it comes to the trick-or-treat. With children being more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year in combination with the threat of stranger danger as kids walk from house to house, it can be tough for a parent to feel comfortable letting their children go out for the holiday, especially on their own.
Fear not, Halloween night doesn’t have to be a frightening affair! Here are some tips and tricks for both children and adults to help all the little goblins and ghouls have a fun and safe night.
Tips for Kids
Always walk on sidewalks – if there are no sidewalks available stick to the farthest side of the road
Stay to well-lit areas
Cross at street corners with crosswalks or street signals
Watch for cars backing out of driveways and turning
Never cut across yards
Don’t get distracted by phones – keep heads up and stay alert
Never enter a stranger’s home or car
Stay with friends
Tips for Adults
Always accompany younger children (under 12) trick-or-treating
Avoid costumes with masks that inhibit visibility
Try to find costumes that fit well to avoid trips and falls
Choose lightly colored costumes that can be more easily seen at night
Supply children with glow-sticks or flashlights
Plan out a safe route in your neighborhood - review it with children that are going out on their own
Be sure to drive extra carefully - especially in neighborhoods
Although there are almost no proven accounts of candy tampering – it’s always a good idea to check a child’s treats before they dive headfirst into a sugar hangover
Find more tips at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Halloween is all about free candy and costume competitions against friends. With the help of these tips, the night can be just that, and parents can relax a bit more while they plan on how they are going to steal their favorite treats from their kid's bag as they sleep.