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Thursday December 14th 2017

Halloween Safety For Kids And Teens

Kids of all ages love Halloween.  Free candy, I mean come on what kid doesn’t like free candy.  I asked my oldest why he was going trick or treating and he said, “oh my god! free candy! are you insane woman, why would you even ask that?”.  The vision of all that free candy makes kids want to go to house to house as quick as possible and safety is the last thing on their minds.

Before you let the kids hit the neighborhood this Halloween go over some safety tips.  Easier, just sit them down and make them read this.  Here are some tips just for the kids to keep them safe on Halloween night.

  • Don’t go into a strangers house.  This sounds like common sense but the lure of candy overrides common sense sometimes.  Candy is handed out at the door.  If someone asks you to come inside, politely say you aren’t allowed and will wait on the porch.  If they insist then leave, no amount of candy is worth the risk.
  • If you come across a haunted house in the neighborhood get your parents ok before you go in.  If you are older and out trick or treating without your parents, go into neighborhood haunted houses with a friend or group.  Neighborhood haunted houses can be scary fun but keep in mind they are still strangers so some caution should still be used.
  • When crossing any streets, no matter how small, be careful.  Make sure you look both ways and there are no cars coming.  Halloween costumes are dark and hard to see at night.  You will see a car coming long before a driver of a car will see you.
  • If you are trick or treating with you parent(s), stay in sight of them at all times.  It is fun to run ahead or be first but your parents are there to keep you safe so they need to be able to see you.
  • If you are taking a younger sibling trick or treating make sure you keep a good eye on them.  It is easy to get cross with younger brothers or sisters who are slowing you down but the trick or treating will come to a complete stop if they get lost or hurt.  Take your time with them to make it enjoyable for you and them.
  • If you are a teen trick or treating with your friends, stay with your friends.  Don’t go off on your own.  Staying with a group is the safest.  Make sure your parents know generally where you are going to be.  Most kids have a gameplan of where they plan to go and what route they plan to take.  It doesn’t have to be written in stone but letting your parents know your general gameplan for the night will help if there are any emergencies.
  • If you are an older child or teen out trick or treating do not bully, pick on, scare, or steal candy from the little ones out trick or treating.  It is just mean and ruins Halloween so don’t do it.
  • If you are a teen who will be driving on Halloween, be extra careful.  Little kids in dark costumes are very hard to see at night.  Extra precaution is a must.  Slow way down when driving through any neighborhoods, even if you think you know there won’t be any kids around.  You don’t know as much as you think.  Here are a few more for you teens on driving:
  • Make sure you have enough gas to get to where you are going and get home
    No texting or talking on the cellphone while driving.
    No showing off for your friends, it is not funny when someone ends up in the hospital.
    No drinking or doing drugs and driving.
    Let your parents know where you wil be.

  • If you are out trick or treating without your parents make sure you have a watch and be home when they tell you to be home.  Nothing is scarier to a parent than a kid who is missing.  If something happens and you will be late, call and let your parents know.  If you are already going to get in trouble for being late, don’t make it worse by scaring them and worrying them, make the call and let them know you will be late.
  • It is trick or treat but know the difference between vandalism and tricks.  Toliet papering a house is one thing.  Throwing food or eggs at houses or cars is vandalism.  Do not harass or annoy homes just because they aren’t participating in Halloween.  It is not your right to candy.  Halloween is a community event but every person in the community has the right to NOT participate.  If you do get stupid and commit any acts of vandalism you will get caught and arrested and go to jail.  There are cameras everywhere today so just don’t risk it and don’t be stupid.  No vandalism at all.
  • Do not harass or harm any animals while you are out trick or treating.  Especially cats!  Black cats are not bad and contrary to popular belief it is NOT ok to mess with them because it is Halloween.  Do not give candy or chocolate to any animals, especially dogs.  Candy is fun for kids but very dangerous for animals.  Stay away from stray animals and animals you don’t know.

Halloween is meant to be fun and a great way to get hordes of candy but all that fun will come to an end if you don’t keep safe.  It is exciting and you may see other kids breaking the rules but stay smart and stick with them.  Safety is key to having a fun Halloween.

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