As parents, creating a safe environment for our children is always on our minds. With Halloween just ten days away, it is important that we make sure our kids are going out with so much more than cute costumes. Creating a plan before the big night helps us think ahead of possible scenarios, allowing for more trick-or-treating fun for everyone.
There are a few safety measures that most people take every year, such as not eating unwrapped candy, getting costumes that fit well and are less susceptible to fire, carrying a flashlight, etc. These are truly important. However, there are other things to take into consideration that sometimes are overlooked by parents due to a false sense of safety within their surroundings.
Living in a “safe neighborhood” sometimes leads parents to allow older kids to trick-or-treat on their own. However, the potential dangers of letting children walk on their own (even if in groups) are far more than any advantage to not accompanying your children and keeping them safe. I’ve seen children between the ages of 8 and 12 walking without an adult, sometimes in groups, but a few times even on their own. How scary is that?
Letting kids go on their own to knock on strangers’ doors exposes your kids to predators that take advantage of unsupervised minors on the streets. In any case, Halloween, as with any activity or celebration, gives us a great opportunity to spend time as a family and to teach safety to kids by setting examples as you walk the neighborhood and knock on doors.
Here are a few tips for a FUN-tastic Halloween: