Have Kids? How to Stay Safe This Halloween
Ghouls, goblins and ghosts will soon be upon us! With the candy corn, pumpkins and costumes filling the stores, we know that Halloween is just around the corner. This year, I can’t wait to take my 10-month old trick-or-treating (or rather, me holding him in his cute costume and letting him watch all the action). Although this tike will be with me the entire time, there are some things we should always keep in mind when letting our children out for a little spook-tacular fun on Halloween. Here are 5 easy tips for a safer evening!
1. Join the fun. For little kids this is a no-brainer, they can’t go places without you! But it is important to remember to walk with your child when they actually knock on the door. For older kids and teenagers, having mom in her Princess Elsa costume trotting behind them may not be ideal, so for these kids see #2 below…
2. Be a spy. For teenagers, if they MUST go sans mom, make sure you know exactly what neighborhoods they are planning to go and have appropriate check in times. Better yet, try to find an area like a strip-mall or street front where you can sit at Starbucks and drink a pumpkin spice latte while they collect sweets a few doors down.
3. Check out the goods. Before you let your kiddos get their hands dirty, sift through their goody bag. Make sure to remove any open candies, candies that aren’t appropriate for their age group (i.e. choking hazards) or anything else that may look suspicious.
4. Lighten up! With so many people and cars on the road, it is best to stay in an area where you will be well seen. This not only makes it easy for you to find your little Olaf if he runs too fast, but also to ensure that he will be visible to the surrounding traffic.
5. Say Cheese! These are treasured moments in your child’s life and chronicling annual costumes is a must!