Tips for Safe Trick or Treating
October 30, 2017
Here we are again, folks… Halloween!
It’s undoubtedly one of the country’s most beloved holidays, a day in which we are all able to step outside ourselves and be whatever we want to be! It’s here that our inner superheroes, our inner Jedi masters, our inner… Grease characters? come out to play.
And of course, lest we forget, there’s a whole heap of candy… and then more candy… and then some more. And yeah, probably some more.
Fun while this day may be, it’s important to remember how to stay safe, particularly when taking those little ones out trick or treating. Oftentimes, a child’s first Halloween can be overwhelming. Honestly, think about it: You’ve barely been on this earth and then one day you see a bunch of people transformed into zombies, werewolves, Beauty and the Beast characters, and so on?
Terrifying, it is indeed!
With that in mind, here are some tips on how you can make sure this Halloween stays both fun and safe – even when it’s a wee bit spooky.
No matter where you’re planning on going trick or treating, always have a plan in mind. Where are you going? What’s your route? Who are you going with? These are just some of the questions you should have answered before that BatDad costume slides over that head.
Also, once you’ve got a plan in mind, stick with it!
NO NAME TAGS
So, okay, we don’t know how many costumes will actually require your child to have a nametag – and if it did, we’re assuming they’d write something like “Woody” from Toy Story (assuming they were dressed as Woody) – but it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of nametags when trick or treating. Reason being: We don’t want some random stranger walking up to your child pretending they know them when, you know, they don’t.
Which brings us to…
IF IT LOOKS UNINVITING, IT PROBABLY IS
Honest truth: There’s a lot of people in the world, and not all of them are going to relish in you enjoying your All Hallows’ Eve. So do yourself a favor and stay out of areas, whether they be neighborhoods or just random houses, that look somewhat Amityville Horror-ish.
Seriously, no good can come of that.
MAKE SURE THERES NO DRAG
What we mean by this is: Make sure those little kiddes’ costumers fit. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen tiny Spidermans and Batmans and Wonder Womans and Optimus Primes with their costumes dragging on the street. That doesn’t end well for anyone – especially you, the parent, because when that kid falls, you’re the one who’s going to have to carry them.
Sorry, but it’s true!
NON-TOXIC FACE PAINT
Probably a no brainer, but still pretty important. Make sure that face paint is safe. (Duh.)
CHECK THE CANDY
An oldie, but a goodie. Always inspect your child’s candy after returning home. Check each piece, making certain the candy is legit, safe and untouched by anyone else.
Oh, and don’t be one of those parents who end up eating most of it because “this one looks unsafe.” That’s just rude.
Instead, do it to only some of them! ☺