Halloween is fast approaching, it’s a very sweet holiday but it can easily turn sour! Did you know the night before Halloween is called the Devil’s Night or Mischief Night? Day of pranks. So, it just comes to show that October 30-31 can be dangerous for children and pets. I compiled a list of safety tips to protect your loved ones and furry family members this holiday.
- Please walk around with your child!! You should supervise your child trick or treating, it is very dangerous they are walking to peoples doors(even sometimes stepping foot inside), people that are luring kids in by candy, it will take you like an hour or two out of your day. Not to scare you but it is scary possibility.
- Give anyone candy even if your first thought is they look too old, as long as they aren’t causing mischief – seriously what are you loosing by giving them a piece of candy.
- If your teen is going out trick or treating, make sure they either have adult supervision or are familiar with the neighborhood AND with a group. There are still dangers to them even if they are older kids.
- Carry a flashlight, buy some glow necklaces(found at the dollar store), make sure people driving can see you. Your child is walking around in the DARK, it can be very scary and dangerous.
- Parents with young kids like to go right before sunset, it’s still light enough to see without a flash light and some folks begin turning on their porch lights.
- If they are too old why not throw a Halloween party with their friends and they can pass out candy or let them go to a Halloween party with their friends.
- If your teen is going to a Halloween party, talk to them about house rules, no drinking and driving and who to call if they need a ride.
- The later you stay out trick or treating, the more of a chance you will be walking with drunk drivers. Harsh reality but yes Halloween brings parties and drinking, so be safe and be off the streets before.
- Go to a safe neighborhood and one your familiar with is best!
- Keep furry pets indoors or on a leash outdoors and if your handing out candy keep the pet in another room. Even if your pet is usually very friendly, they may get spooked by someone in a mask.
- Clean off your porches of your belongings, whether you are handing out candy or not you will have kids coming to the door, you wouldn’t want something to go up missing(like your child’s bike).
- Check your child’s candy before they eat, most likely it will all be fine but there are some messed up people in the world.
- Be courteous of other people’s property, use the sidewalk, don’t touch there stuff.
- Weather appropriate clothes for under the costume and good walking shoes. Don’t forget a bucket or bag!!
- Most importantly HAVE FUN!
What’s your child’s costume this year? I would love to know or if you have a picture/blog post to share! Need an idea for a fun Halloween treat to make with your kiddos, check out these Candy Corn Brownies. Have a great and safe Halloween!!
Trick or treat sounds fun. In India, there is no such tradition so never actually experienced it. Hoping you had loads of fun! Cheers :D
I wouldn’t have thought to put my pet in another room! Good idea, since she’ll likely get antsy with people coming to the door!
great tips! we have a lot of community events around here which are perfect for taking the kids to without worrying about them going house to house.
Great advice!! Clearing off the porch is something I wouldn’t think of
Very useful Halloween safety tips. My kids are going as Elsa and Anna. Just like a million other little girls. lol.
I am so not looking forward to Halloween, perhaps because I will be working! lol Seeing as how i get off work at 1130 at night I know there will be people out that I’d rather not run into. This was a good reminder I don’t think many people have correlated Halloween + Friday as party night.
Mary Hunter says
Love that you suggested to keep the pets in another room. Many pets find costumes scary. Plus, the candy is dangerous for them and with the door opening and closing, there’s always a chance that a pet might slip out the front door.
Something else that I think is important is also to make sure kids know that it is not appropriate to try to scare a dog or cat or to involve the family pet in any Halloween tricks. Even jumping out from behind a corner and saying “Boo” while wearing a costume can be pretty scary for some dogs or cats.
Nancy (@spiffykerms) says
I am almost embarassed to admit it but I walked around many times with my friends (without parents) trick-or-treating. What can I say, I have always loved candy lol :(
Brenda Young says
great Halloween safety tips, we always enjoy trick or treating in a large group as well, makes it that much more fun!