Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, and it’s just around the corner! During this time of year, there are always many things to keep in mind, one of the most important being safety.
Supervise Your Kiddos!
Make sure younger kids are accompanied by an adult when they’re off collecting candy! It may also be helpful to stick a piece of paper in your child’s pocket with your number written inside of it in case you’re separated. If your kiddos are older, make sure they go in a group or with at least another adult. Try to make sure everyone’s phone is charged before going out and if no one’s phone in the group has a flashlight, bring one.
Go Over Trick-or-Treat Safety Rules with Your Kids.
Make sure to go over some ground rules with your kids before setting them off on Halloween night. Remind them to stay on the sidewalk at all times, unless crossing the street if necessary. If they need to cross the road, tell them that they need to look both ways and be sure that a car is not coming from either direction. Also, let them know to only trick-or-treat in well-lit neighborhoods and never get inside a stranger’s car or go into someone else’s home.
Managing the Halloween Candy.
Eating candy after trick-or-treating is one of the most exciting parts of the night for kids. However, make sure to remind your children to only consume candy that hasn’t had the packaging tampered with. Additionally, it might be wise to try and ration your child’s candy so that they don’t wake up the following day with a stomach ache.
Safety with COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a newer challenge that parents and their kids have dealt with for almost two years. Now that vaccines have rolled out, more things are opening up, and this Halloween seems like it’ll look more normal than last year’s. Make sure you’re still taking precautions while trick-or-treating, like wearing masks if in large groups. And ensuring to sanitize hands regularly to decrease the spread of germs.
Hopefully, some of these tips were helpful and gave you more ideas to keep your kiddos safe. We at Family Connections Therapy wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!