10 tricks to a safe halloween

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Halloween is around the corner.  I know I’m not the only one stressin.  I’ve been searching for the perfect costume while simultaneously trying to think of a cheap candy to pass out that won’t make me the suckiest house on the block.  I will admit though, that’s not what stresses me the most.  I feel like Halloween is the most unsafe holiday we celebrate.  Our kids aren’t dressed like themselves, they are knocking on strangers doors who probably dont look like themselves.  Then, to top it off, they are taking candy from those people and digesting them in record amounts.  It’s pretty much the scariest night of the year in more ways than one.

According to these statistics, only 1/3 of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety.  Even though over 3/4 of those parents admit to being worried for their child’s safety. That is not okay with me.  Especially because twice as many kids are hit and killed by cars on October 31st than any other day of the year. That’s terrifying.  Halloween is a blast when you are kid, it’s our job as parents to make the fun last as safely as possible.  Here are the top 10 tricks to a safe Halloween.

1. Trick or treat in groups. Parents, go with your kids; especially if they are under the age of 12.  There is safety in numbers.  I don’t want to see 5 year olds out by themselves.  When they are old enough, make sure they are in a large group and that you know who they are with.  Make sure you know which route they are taking and what time they will be home.  If you are splitting up mid trick or treating session, set a meeting place and a designated time to reunite.

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2. Examine the candy. You know, to avoid all those razor blades and poison apples.  But for reals, just double check your kids haul.  Don’t trust homemade goods from folks you don’t know.  Stick to the well wrapped, factory produced candy.  Better safe than sorry!

3. Wear reflectors or brightly colored costumes. Little kids get excited when they are trick or treating.  It’s free candy.  We would be crazy to think that they would be watching for cars during all that excitement.  Help those babies out.  If their costumes aren’t bright enough to see in the dark, sew/iron some reflective tape on to them. Make them easier to see.  Check out these ones for your kiddos costumes.

4. Trick or Treat in neighborhoods you are familiar with.  If you know the neighborhood, chances are you know the neighbors.

5.  Never enter a home you don’t know. Never. Ever. Ever.

6. Opt for trunk or treat.  This is a great opportunity for your kids to get all of their candy in one fail swoop.  It’s a safe environment and will save those little leggies from getting tired.  If you are looking for some good ideas to dress up your trunk, check this out.

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7.  Choose face paint over masks.  Masks make it harder to see out of.  I mean, have you ever tried one on?  Whose eyes are shaped that way? I dont know about you, but I need my peripheral vision.  Try face paint instead.  A) less expensive B) you can get super creative C) You will actually be able to see.  Just make sure you test out the face paint early on; to avoid any allergic reactions.

8. Take flashlights. This will help you and your kiddos to avoid rocks (aka. ankle breakers, costume rippers and tooth chippers).  Let’s face it, our kids are all just one scraped knee away from a sugar induced temper tantrum.  Keep a flash light on hand to help light the way, and to make it easier for cars to see you and your littles.

9. Be a cautious driver. While doing the trick or treating can be a safety hazard, I think driving through the trick or treaters can be just as tedious.  Watch out for the little ones racing from house to house.  They most likely will not be looking for you.  While you might be tempted to drive house to house with your kids, choose walking.

10. Only visit homes that have porch lights on. Visibility is your friend.  In all senses.  Hence the flash light, reflective tape and lit homes.

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Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Love, Brit and Steph

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Comments

  1. Very good tips. We do all of these. You have to protect yourself.

  2. Ahhhhh – that Nacho Libre costume is too too cute. I love seeing all of the creative costumes that parents and kids come up with. Last year, I saw an amazing young Marie Antoinette – they went all out with the embellishments!

  3. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    Our community does a Main Street trick or treating with all of the business’s. They do it right after school so daylight and so many wonderful people.

  4. I love that Nacho Libre costume! So cute!

  5. I love the tips! My neighborhood is FULL of kids so I feel like it helps with the safety issue, but it is still kind of terrifying heading into the thick of it all. I should definitely put a reflector of some sort on my son’s costume to help make it easier for me to see him since he’s going out as a black ninja and still pretty little (5 yrs)!

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