Keeping the Kiddos Safe on Halloween

There is now a slight chill in the air and  the leaves are starting to fall. I’ve watched friends and families post pictures of their trips to local local pumpkin patches all over social media. This could only mean one thing, it almost Halloween!!! I love all things Halloween. We decorate the house, coordinate costumes, carve pumpkins, make delicious treats and we watch all of the family friendly Halloween movies you can think of (“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”).  We also take the kids trick or treating in the neighborhood.
While Halloween is a time for family fun, let’s not forget about safety and basic common sense. Here are a few  safety refreshers to think about when you are out enjoying the spooky holiday festivities.

  • If you have little ones (under 12) don’t let them trick or treat alone. I remember me and a group of friends would go trick or treating for hours without one adult in sight. I think it’s safe to say those days are long gone.
  • Always carry a flashlight- I usually complete my candy hunting expedition before the sun sets. If you plan on being out when after the sun sets, a flashlight will come in handy.
  • Use reflective tape on your kids costumes- Reflective tape will help drivers see your little monster or fairy princess after dark.
  • Only approach homes with lights on – No lights, no candy!
  • Never go inside of a stranger’s home. -This one is self explanatory.
  • Dress for the weather – It’s usually a little chilly for Halloween, so dress appropriately. It may mean Wonder Woman now wears tights or covering your little Thor’s muscles with long sleeves.
  • Examine all treats before you eat – My kids can have one piece of candy after I look through the  loot and take the customary 15% for the mommy candy tax (usually Snickers and Reese’s).

If going door to door isn’t your thing, there are still ways to enjoy Halloween. Your family could visit the mall or local shopping center to get your holiday treats. Check with your local community center to see if they are having a  holiday celebration. You can also throw a kid friendly spooktacular party at home. However you decide to celebrate Halloween, remember to have fun and stay safe.
Happy Halloween Ladies!

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