Halloween lets kids be whoever they want for a day, and families see it as an opportunity to have fun together. However, some people out there don’t have the best intentions for this holiday. I personally think that you always need to perform a background check on your babysitter. This goes double for anyone who’s supervising your child on Halloween. To have the safest Halloween possible, just follow some of these tips.
Know Who Is Watching Your Child
If your child is under the age of 12, they should be trick-or-treating with a trusted adult, preferably in a group with other children. You might not be able to take them yourself if you have a hectic work schedule. That’s why you need to run a background check on whoever is going trick-or-treating with your child. You don’t want to leave your child alone with someone who has a criminal past, do you? Their safety should be your number one priority this holiday.
Halloween is the one night a year where almost all the neighborhood kids are out on the sidewalks and the street. Keep this in mind when you’re driving that night, whether you’re by yourself or with your family. Remember to always look both ways, drive slow, and be prepared to brake at a moment’s notice. In addition, you can give your child a flashlight or reflective tape to make sure other drivers see them.
Check Your Child’s Candy
While there are numerous myths about poisoned Halloween candy, there hasn’t actually been a reported case. I’d still say you should check your child’s candy, though. In this crazy world, you never really know what strangers might give out to kids. You don’t have to try out every single piece of candy, but you need to make sure that no suspicious objects made their way into your child’s bag. If possible, do a background check on some of your neighbors before your child goes trick-or-treating. This will help you decide which houses to avoid.
Pick Out A Comfortable Costume
Sure, a princess outfit with face paint and low heels may be cute, but will your child be able to walk around in it for a few hours? Be sure to choose a costume they like and feel comfortable wearing. Face paint and makeup may cause allergic reactions if they’re not tested out first. Your child also may trip over a long costume and fall down. Fake weapons should also be soft and flexible so your child doesn’t hurt themselves or their peers.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to have a safe and fun Halloween. Some of these tips are good to follow for your daily life, as well. To learn more, be sure to take a look at this post I wrote about smart phone safety.