Halloween is probably one of the more fun nights of the year for both kids and adults! What other time during the year can you dress up as a superhero, fairy princess or zombie and have it be socially acceptable? For the kids, not only do you get to dress up, but you get a bag full of candy!
But in between the jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins, it’s important to make sure your children are safe so that there are more treats instead of tricks on Halloween night.
There are several steps parents can take to make sure trick-or-treating is both fun and safe.
Dress Up with Your Kids
The easiest way to make sure your children are out of harm’s way is to go trick-or-treating with them. Kids 12 and under should have an adult with them on Halloween night.
But you don’t have to be the dull parent that’s tagging along. Get into the Halloween spirit with your own costume. Or maybe you and your children can come up with a team costume. You all can be characters from the Avengers or your favorite Disney movie.
Map Out A Trick-or-Treating Route
If your trick-or-treater is old enough to go out on their own, sit down with them and map out a route so they don’t stray too far away from home, especially when it gets dark.
Another important step to take as you plan out the route is to check the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry and see if any sex offenders live nearby. It’s legal in North Carolina for many registered sex offenders to hand out candy to young trick-or-treaters.
Also, make sure your little dinosaur or pumpkin has a buddy with them when they go door-to-door.
Make Your Costume Both Creative and Safe
Of course, your kids want the coolest, bestest, most awesome, creative costume that the world has ever seen! But there are a few ways to make sure the costume doesn’t put your child in danger.
- Use reflective strips or a light-colored costume – This will help drivers see your child as they’re walking around the neighborhood.
- Use face paint or makeup – If you can avoid using a mask, do it! Masks can block a child’s vision and we don’t need that when they’re crossing streets to gather more candy.
- Be well lit – Use a glow in the dark Jack-O-Lantern as your child’s candy bucket. Or have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick to help them light the way to the next house.
- Make sure the costume is well-fitted – You don’t want your child tripping and falling over their costume. Keep an eye on the length so it’s not dragging across the ground.
Check Your Child’s Candy
This may sound like common sense, but you don’t want anything going into your child’s mouth that could be dangerous for them. You will want to throw away any pieces of candy that look like they’ve been tampered with or are out of the wrapper.
Also, if your child has any allergies, of course, you will want to toss any candy that will give them an allergic reaction.
Here at Charlotte Mechanical, we hope all families have a fun and safe Halloween, and if you can, try not to eat all of the candy at one time. You may regret it in the morning!
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