Before fright night, find out how to protect your trick-or-treaters.
Halloween is a fun night for people of all ages. For children, it is a night for dressing up, collecting free candy, and having fun! On this night, it’s easy to forget about common dangers and risks that your child may face but, as a parent, it’s important that you don’t. A few safety precautions can ensure that your Halloween night goes off without a hitch!
Stick to the Familiar
If you can, stay in your neighborhood to trick-or-treat. You and your children will likely know the streets, houses, children, and residents. Only visit houses that have their lights on and stick to streets that you know.
Wear Comfy Shoes
Make sure that you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid wearing shoes with heels and laces should be double-knotted to avoid tripping in the dark and on uneven sidewalks.
Make Sure Costumes Are Short
Long costumes that drag on the ground are a trip waiting to happen. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that is too long to avoid tripping.
Check Your Child’s Sweets
Sort through your child’s candy bucket at the end of the night and throw away any sweets that are not in their original wrapping or that look like they may have been opened.
Fill Up First
Before heading out, feed your children a healthy and satisfying supper. This way, your trick-or-treaters won’t be tempting to fill up on sweets and chocolate throughout.
Let There Be Light
Make it a rule to only trick-or-treat in well-lit areas. Additionally, ensure that your children carry flashlights or have reflective material on their candy bags and costumes.
Drive with Care
Watch out for fast moving monsters! If you’re out in your car, keep your eyes open for excitable trick-or-treaters. Stick to the speed limit in any residential areas. Be aware that children may dart out in front of your and may not be using the designated crosswalks.
The team at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley wish you and your family a fun and safe Halloween night! To get your children involved with a great camp that is ideal for them, contact us. We have many programs that encourage outdoor activities, personal development, and fun!