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Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
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Saturday December 15th 2018

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Halloween is great fun and an exciting time even for the adults.  The Halloween that you went out and did is not the same one your kids are doing.  As parents we need to make sure our kids are safe out there trick or treating on Halloween night.

Here are some tips and things we can do as parents to ensure our kids have a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Make them read or tell them about Halloween Safety For Kids And Teens!
  • Go online and check out where the sex offenders live in the neighborhood your child will be trick or treating in.  I know it sounds horrible but you don’t want them trick or treating at a sex offenders home.  In most states there is no law that says sex offender homes can’t participate in Halloween.  Family watchdog has a pretty good site and search engine to look up addresses in the US and see where the sex offenders are.  You can also call your local police station.  Do this, as scary as it is you want to know.
  • Make sure your kids understand that strangers are still strangers even with a bowl of candy.  Make it clear that they are not allowed to go into a strangers house or get in a strangers car, no matter what.  There will probably be a haunted house or two in the neighborhood.  Explain to the kids they need to stay in groups or with a buddy at all times.  Most people who have haunted houses set up are not out to harm children but they are still strangers and kids need to know to proceed with caution.
  • If you are taking the kids trick or treating, plan your route ahead of time.  You can mark off the sex offender homes that you looked up.  You did look them up right?  If not get on that, click the link and enter your address now!  Having a pre-planned route minimizes the complaints when all the houses are done.  Kids never think they have enough candy and there are more houses but a little hand drawn map will show them you have been everywhere and now it is time to go home.
  • If the kids are going out without a parent, make them give you their general route.  Older kids understand about sex offenders so make sure they stay away from those homes.  We all know kids will probably not stay with the pre-planned route but let them know to stick with generally.  It is good to know at least the general area they will be in and when.
  • Make sure you child understands how to cross the street safely.  Most children already have been taught this but stress that it is extra important on Halloween.  It is far too easy to get over excited and run across the street to a cool house or when they see a friend and forget to look.  Make sure the kids known they are dressed in dark colors and it is night time so they are hard to see.
  • Try to avoid having older siblings taking younger siblings out trick or treating.  Unless of course they just want too and some do.  The older kids want to have fun too and it is hard when you have the adult responsibility of looking after a younger sibling.  Sometimes it can’t be avoided but if it can try.
  • If your older child doesn’t already have a cellphone, consider getting them a disposable one for Halloween.  Don’t assume that some other kid will have one.  I strongly advise this if your teen is going to a party or already driving.  Tell them to call every hour and let you know how and where they are.  They may hate it but tough, you need to make sure they are safe.
  • Costume safety is important.  Whether the costume is store bought or homemade, many of them are very flammable.  Make sure to keep kids away from open flames, like candles.  Check any masks or face coverings and make sure the kids can see properly.  Don’t take their word for it, check it out.  You can’t ruin a good costume with bright safety reflectors so kids are more visible but you can get them glow jewelery to wear with their costume or attach to their costumes.  This will help make them more visible.  Check the length and make sure it doesn’t interfere with your child walking.  Avoid toy props, kids get tired of carrying them and either you the parent ends up with them or they get left somewhere along the way.
  • If you are skipping trick or treating for a sponsored party or event still be vigilant.  Just because the event is being thrown by a safe and trusted sponsor, it will still be filled with people you may not know.  Make sure to keep an eye on the kids at all times.
  • Be the parent when it comes to the older kids and teens.  Set a curfew, they don’t need to be out all night.  Meet the parents of the other kids your kid will be hanging out with on Halloween.  If your teen is attending a party, make sure you have met the parents and make sure an adult will be present.  If your teen is throwing the party, you don’t have to hover but do make sure the kids are safe.  Make sure they have a way home and aren’t drinking, doing drugs or having sex on your watch.
  • Talk to your kids about vandalism.  Egging cars and houses sounds like great fun to kids but the damage it does can be permanent.  It is also illegal.  I don’t have issues with a prank or two but kids need to understand the difference between tricks and vandalism.  Please explain to kids that some people don’t participate in Halloween and that is fine.  It is not a crime for a home to not hand out candy.  It is a crime to go back and egg that house because they didn’t give you a candy.
  • Last but not least.  Give your kids a nice big meal before they go trick or treating.  This will cut down on the temptation to gobble up all the candy as soon as they get it.  It is better to have the kids wait till they get home and the candy can be looked over and inspected to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with.  Who wants to be out trick or treating with a kid on sugar high, hyper, bouncing all around, running from house to house in search of more candy?  They are already doing that from the exciting alone don’t add to it.  Fill them up before they leave the house.

Safety is crucial on Halloween.  Even the most careful driver can’t stop on a dime when a kid runs out into the street.  There are bad people out there who want to hurt kids don’t let them ruin the fun of Halloween, just avoid them.  You have checked the sex offender registry right?  Get on it!.  Halloween is great fun for both kids and adults so make it safe so the fun can continue all night or until you are exhausted and your feet hurt and you just want to go home.

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