The highlight of the holiday of Halloween for kids is Trick-or-Treating! Wear a funky costume AND get free candy? It’s a kid’s dream come true. They’re excited in anticipation, they’re excited when getting dressed, they’re excited to see their friends dressed up, and they’re excited to be out at night. And then they get candy. So, as you know, this entire night kids are basically bouncing off the walls.
Unfortunately, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year in terms of pedestrian fatalities because of the event of trick-or-treating. Excited kids running around the streets plus distracted drivers rushing to Halloween parties with their friends equals disaster every year. So make sure you keep your kids safe in all their excitement during trick or treating this year with safe costumes as well as safe behavior. Talk to your kids about these safety rules so that it’s all fun and no mishaps.
Safety Rules for Trick-or-Treating
- No Running
- Cross streets with your group, never alone
- Look both ways before crossing a street
- Parents need to accompany children to the doorsteps of houses
- Do not bring your pets
- Don’t eat any treats until you get home
- Limit the amount of treats consumed in one night
- When possible, only walk on sidewalks
- Only walk on well-lit streets
- Only approach houses clearly welcoming trick-or-treaters
Other Tips for Trick-or-Treating
- Feed your kids some snacks before going out.
- Having returned home with all of the loot, go through all of the candy buckets and discard any candy that is partially opened or looks dirty.
- Plan a map route before heading out so you have an idea of where you’re going and where you’re going to stop.
Are you ready to have a safe and spooky Halloween? Halloween is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about situational awareness as well as pedestrian and fire safety. If you’re looking for some more Halloween Safety tips, check out our new and adorable Halloween Safety Guide by clicking the image below.