7 Trick or Treating Safety Tips for Kids

by Marcy on October 11, 2013 · 2 comments

trick or treat safety tips for kids

Trick or treating is one of the most exciting things about Halloween, but it is also one of the most dangerous nights of the year. Any time you put thousands of kids on every street in the country at night, dangers are sure to be lurking. Fortunately, there are some basic tips to follow that will keep your kids safe on Halloween night.

 Here are 7 Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Kids

1) Always travel in packs: Halloween is a wonderful time to socialize and the more the merrier. Have your child team up with several friends and go together. You and other parents should go along for the fun and keep your kids in sight at all times. There was a time when you could allow kids to go trick or treating without you, but this is not that time. Stay with your kids until they are clearly at a safe age.

2) Avoid the dark costumes: On a night when black and spooky are totally en vogue, you get to be the bad guy and insist that they wear neon blinking lights. Perhaps the blinking lights are a bit over the top, but staying away from dark costumes with no reflection is no joke. Every Halloween season there are stories of kids being hit by cars. Keep them as visible as possible.

 3) Stay away from primary roads: Traffic means danger. Stay on the back roads and neighborhoods. They are the only ones that will have good candy anyway, right?

4) Carry a light or ten: Making your kid visible is important so it is worth mentioning twice. Give them a light or two to carry and it helps a great deal. A group of kids carrying flashlights will be fairly easy for drivers to see. It also makes keeping up with your kids easy as well. Give them a special colored light and they will stand out to you quite clearly.

5) Skip the opened candies and fruit: Unless it is candy that has never had the seal broken, mom and dad should confiscate it and get rid of it. It is a shame, but candies that are not properly wrapped may have been tampered with. It is shocking and disgusting that we have to think of things like that, but history has forced us to as parents.

 6) Start early, get home early: It is more than acceptable to get started around dusk and finish up as the lights are coming on. The older kids, as well as the trouble, usually start a bit later. If you can go out and get your kids to several houses early, getting them to go home and enjoy some candy is a fairly easy sell.

7) Stick to the homes with porch lights on: Not everyone celebrates Halloween, so going to the homes that are clearly delineated makes sense. Stick to the homes covered in Halloween decorations and you can feel comfortable sending your kids up to the door.

Halloween night is a special night that can be tons of fun for your kids. Keep the evening light and cheerful and make sure to address any fears they might have. It is important for them to understand that Halloween is make believe. Take advantage of trick or treating to teach that to them!

What trick or treat safety tips would you add to this list?

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1 Kate October 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Snopes has a good discussion of the greatly exaggerated tampered-candy story:

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp

2 Lite Brite October 21, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Avoiding dark costumes and starting early are both great tips for safety! We also encourage kids to stay on streets they are familiar with and not to take short cuts or alley ways.

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