Trick or Treating is by far the most exciting part of Halloween. We just love it!
It seems like every Halloween season you read about some tragic accident or tragedy. To avoid these, my family has some rules to keep us having fun while staying safe. We are guidelines to stay safe each Halloween:
1. Make sure costumes fit properly.
This year make sure your child’s costume fits well. You don’t want them tripping over their capes or their over sized costume. When costumes fit properly not only are they safe but they are also having a lot more fun.
2. Consider skipping the mask
Kids adore wearing a mask and it is a part of traditional Halloween fun. That said, they are quite dangerous when running around neighborhoods where cars are moving back and forth. Sell your child on wearing paint instead (non-toxic of course) and let them wear a mask at home.
3. Use a flashlight and glow sticks
Flashlights are a great safety tool while trick or treating. Every adult should have one… or two. We also like to include glow sticks for the kids. They are not only a safety issue but they are fun too.
4. Never trick or treat alone
We don’t even like to trick or treat as a family alone. We like to trick or treat with other families. Not only do the kids have more fun, but there are more adults and more to make sure everyone is safe.
5. Make the kids trick or treat together
Our kids are REQUIRED to go up to the house together. The adults stay back and watch and “chit chat” (as my kids would say) while the kids run up with excitement. However, they are NOT allowed to go to the next house until everyone has come back (even if that means we have to wait extra long on the 2 year old 🙂 ). Kids get so excited but if we all stay together, we will all be much safer.
6. Stick with your normal neighborhoods
The best neighborhoods feature plenty of homes but not much traffic and are well lit. It can be tempting to go to the “Popular” neighborhoods, but they are often filled with WAY to much
7. Watch for the porch lights
Many people don’t celebrate Halloween and will leave their porch light off to signal they don’t wish to be bothered. Be sure to avoid these houses and stick to the ones that are clearly participating.
8. Stick to the sidewalk
Sidewalks are your friends when trick or treating on Halloween so be sure to stay out of the road. If you do have to walk on the road, stick to the farthest edge possible. Do not run or dart out from behind cars or mailboxes.
9 Always inspect the goodies
Treats that are unwrapped or not factory wrapped should be tossed. It is not common for anyone to mess with the candy, but it is not worth the risk. 😉
My family personally LOVES Trick or treating, but only because we have rules that we follow. Rules seem like they are restricting, but they are actually freeing you! They free you from stress and anxiety. 😉
Now I am curious, do you have rules or tips in your family for trick or treating?