The pumpkins are carved, and the costumes are out. As the night draws closer the streets begin to fill with miniature witches, devils and werewolves looking for a tasty treat. As much as Halloween is an evening to embrace the spooky, let’s work to reduce any additional terrors when your children are out filling their goodie bags.
Checking your child’s sweets
You may not have heard of the old myth of the Candyman and although it isn’t real, it certainly highlights a deadly point. As innocent as it may seem going to your neighbours’ houses so that your children can collect delicious sweets in return for their excellent costumes, there are also houses that you may not know so well. It’s essential these days that you take the time to check your children’s sweets once they get back home. If they are desperate to have just one while you check, be sure to have something on the side to keep them occupied.
While it may seem horrific, police are urging people to do this – to check for already opened packaging which indicates others may have tainted the treats with chemicals or sharp objects.
Houses to avoid
It may be hard to believe as your children are getting into the Halloween spirit, but not everyone is comfortable with trick or treating. It’s important for children to be aware of those who are participating in the holiday and those who would rather not be disturbed. One of the ways these houses can be identified is by looking out for spooky decorations, or rather the lack thereof.
If a house has their porch lights off, no pumpkin outside, or has no decorations featured outside, children should probably just skip the house. Remember that some people aren’t actively looking to ruin the fun of Halloween, but they could be suffering with social anxiety or other mental illnesses that means answering the door to various trick or treaters can be distressing to them. By teaching your children about the importance of respecting people’s choices, they’ll keep themselves safe and avoid upsetting others.
Wear something that lights up or is reflective
Just before Halloween night, wintertime finally starts setting in as the clocks change and the dark evenings get longer. This means that no matter how early you plan to leave the house, it will most likely be dark while your children are out collecting their treats.
In order to ensure safety while they are out, ensure everyone wears clothes that make you visible to others. Whether this is reflective bracelets, sewing reflective strips into their costumes or carrying a fun Halloween themed torch – anything that will make sure they’re seen. This will help to protect them against people bumping into them and it also allows you to keep an eye on them as they are walking between houses.
Plan a route
It may be that your children don’t need chaperoning anymore and that you trust them to go out on Halloween night to spook up the streets. Whether this is the case, or there is a large group of you, planning a route and giving the children miniature maps to use if they lose their way will ensure they can find their way safely back to the group or to a known street where they feel safe.
It’s important to make sure that not only your children enjoy themselves but that you do too. The best way to feel at ease and embrace the Halloween is to make sure you’re properly prepared for it – costume and all.
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