5 Easy But Critical Ways to Ensure Your Child Stays Safe this Halloween

Trick or treat
Ensure the fun doesn’t turn scary on Halloween

If you’re a kid on Halloween, it’s hard not to have fun. Unfortunately, however, it’s also not hard for the fun to turn into something a little more sinister if you don’t take some simple steps to ensure you’re children’s safety.

Whether some kind of monitoring device or app gives you peace of mind that your child won’t get lost, or you have a plan or map as to which houses are more family friendly than others, a little time spent discussing a strategy for the evening can go a long way towards creating good and not-scary memories of the evening.

Amber Alert GPS, a company that makes mobile tracking devices for families, has some incredibly simple, and simply excellent Halloween safety tips:


  • Light the way 1 of 5
    Light the way
    Make sure you child's costume is a light color, or if it isn't have them carry a flashlight or glow stick to help them safely stand-out. If you are looking to be creative, incorporate light into your child's costume with light up jewelry or reflective tape around an accessory (like fairy wings, belts or even your child's candy bucket).
  • Candy check 2 of 5
    Candy check
    Make sure to remove any candy that isn't packaged or may present a choking hazard (such as peanuts or small hard candy). To save yourself time sifting through candy when you first get home and children want to immediately dig into their sugar stash, bring along a second bag to deposit "safe" candy treats from houses of people that you know well.
  • Pick and stick to your route 3 of 5
    Pick and stick to your route
    For smaller kids, have a plan in place before you leave the house. Make a fun map together of houses of family and friends, marking off each house you visit throughout the evening.
    For families that may be split up for the night, stay together in groups, make sure to set up a meeting place before you start trick-or-treating and ensure you have your fully charged cell phone.
  • Safe ghoulish getups 4 of 5
    Safe ghoulish getups
    Making sure costumes are flame-retardant and not too long or oversized is essential to keeping your child safe while trick-or-treating but also don't forget about your child's costume accessories. Make sure any wands, swords or sticks are not too long or inflexible, as they could cause injury should your child trip or fall. Make sure any costumes with masks still allow your child to see easily.
  • Street safety 5 of 5
    Street safety
    With lots of people out and about on October 31st, ensuring you stay safe while outdoors is especially important. Make sure you and your group stays on sidewalks, walks facing traffic and avoid the road, as car traffic can be heavy during Halloween. Only cross the street at designated crosswalks and always make sure to look both ways some car engines are quiet and may appear before you hear them on the road.

All safety tips provided by Amber Alert GPS

Photo credits: iStock

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