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Keeping Your Halloween Safe

By Danielle |

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With Halloween coming so quickly and many of our children looking forward to the activities that go along with it, we have to remember some of the safety tips, and rules that go along with making our Halloween the safest we possibly can for our children.

Halloween this year is also being celebrated on a weekend, so we need to be aware and conscious of adults also out having a good time, and possibly partying.

Some great and easy tips to keep yourself and children safe include :

  1. Encourage your children to pick out a light colored costume. If that is not a possibility, include reflective material, glow sticks, lights, or something that will help them to be more viable to drivers.
  2. Know the area you are going to be trick or treating in. Stay in your own area, or an area where you know the neighbors, or people you will be visiting along the way.
  3. If your child is using a mask in their costume, make sure it allows them to use their peripheral vision.
  4. If you set jack-o-lanterns out on your porch, make sure they are far enough out of the walking path that children do not run the risk of their costume catching fire.
  5. If your child has some kind of prop with their costume, make sure it is not something that will pose a danger or cause them harm if they are to trip or fall.
  6. Go trick or treating with your children, while they might not be happy that mom and dad want to tag along, in many cases it is your best bet while they are still to young to go out by themselves or with their friends.
  7. Go over the rules and warnings of stranger danger, and make sure they would never consider getting into a car with a stranger.
  8. Try and stay in well lit areas. Stay away from areas with no lights, or neighborhoods you are not familiar with.
  9. Make sure your children have dinner before they leave the house, you do not want them hungry and wanting to pick at the candy before they get back from trick or treating.

All great and easy ways to help keep our children safe this Halloween season!

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0 thoughts on “Keeping Your Halloween Safe

  1. Maggie says:

    In addition to ‘stranger danger’ you want to let them know not to go inside houses where no kids are home, or where they haven’t already been with you. Please, everyone, remember that the overwhelming majority of child molesters are NOT ‘strangers’ — they’re people the child knows who take advantage of unusual access. Like, say, “Come on in, I’ll show you a Special Treat!”

  2. Emily says:

    Taking along a flashlight is a good idea. Tell your children that obeying the law is a must…crossing at crosswalks only….etc. Instead of masks…a better alternative is makeup …makeup does not block a child’s vision at all. Also remember to keep a costume short…do not let your child’s costume drag on the ground where tripping on it is a strong possibility.

  3. Smartypantzed says:

    I would really caution parents from teaching their children the “stranger danger” phrase or to fear strangers. This actually works against what many great personal safety programs for kids teach. If we teach our kids to fear all strangers, they will not go to someone who can help when they are lost, etc.

    Instead, we need to give our kids tools and strategies to stay calm, think clearly and act with thought. Having children carry their phone number is one way to give them some power. Another is to teach them who and how to approach someone if they get separated or lost. The first person a child should look to is a woman w/children. The next is man w/children. The third is the area security guard or an employee of a store, amusement park, etc.

    Lastly, children should learn they always need to ask for permission before going anywhere w/someone else (known or unknown). This way, if the child knows he cannot go somewhere with someone else without first getting permission from whomever the primary caregiver is at the time, he will send a message to a person who may be up to something a clear message that the child is confident, being looked after and being accounted for. This way, the next time some guy asks your child to “find his puppy,” your child can say, “sure, once I go ask my mom. I cannot go anywhere w/out asking her first.”

    We need to teach our child self-reliance and how to make good choices. We shouldn’t simply scare them. And, practice, practice, practice. That always makes perfect!

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