The time of year is near when little ghosts and goblins get ready to go door to door getting their tricks and treats. It is an exciting time for parents and children alike and we’ve compiled some trick or treat safety tips to ensure that you and your children have a safe and spooktacular Halloween.
- Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult when trick or treating. It is always a good idea to gather a few neighbors and their children to join in the fun with you as there is safety in numbers.
- Be sure to check with your local city government or HOA to make sure you know the curfew for trick or treating. Also, make sure you stick to the subdivisions or neighborhoods with a lot of homes so that you can visit as many homes as possible.
- If you have older kids that will venture out on their own, without a parent, then make sure they have friends to go with, plan their route with them, and give them a specific time to check in. There are also many great apps out there like Life360 that you can install their phone so you can track where they are at all times.
- Make sure you children know that they should not cut through wooded areas, fields, or unknown areas. They need to stay on the main streets that are well lit and around a lot of people. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this.
- Instruct the kids not to eat any of their treats until they return home and you have had the chance to examine them. This way you can check for any danger signs (and of course take all the good stuff for your private stash).
- Make sure you tell you children never to go into the home of a stranger or to get into their car. Also, make sure they know what to do in the event someone does approach them.
- Make sure you children can be seen. Their costume should not be dark as it makes them harder to see in the dark. Make sure they carry a flashlight, glow sticks, or have reflective tape on their costume.
If you follow these Halloween trick or treat safety tips, you and your children will have a happy and spooktackular Halloween. In addition to these trick or treat safety tips, we’ve compiled a few links for additional tips, tricks, and resources:
- CDC’s Health and Safety Tips: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
- Safe Kids Safety Tips for Halloween: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips
Lastly, use the following link to check the sex offender list for your neighborhood or neighborhoods you will be trick or treating in:
- FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) Sex Offender Neighborhood Search: CLICK HERE