1) Make sure your Child is Visible
Brighter Colors are always a better option to wear, especially when it starts getting dark out. Even having a flashlight with them would be great!
2) Walk with Them
This is a great way to make sure your child is safe at all times and encourages them to have fun. It eliminates the worries you would have had at home if you let them go alone. There is nothing better than seeing your child interact with other friends having the time of their life during their trick-or-treating experience.
3) Trick-or-Treat EARLY! Do not wait until it is pitch dark outside!
It is much safer to trick-or-treat during the daytime especially when drivers can still see them! This is a bonus because you can still put them to bed at a reasonable time!!! J
4) Keep Track of them with an App on your cellular device
This is the easiest way to track where your child is at all times in case of an emergency!
Apps like Find my Friends, Trusted Contacts, Glympse, Wave, and Familonet are all fantastic examples of different apps you can download on your cellular device. It is always good to make sure your child is safe and not roaming around through any dangerous neighborhoods!
5) Only Accept Treats in the Doorway of a Home
Do not have your child go into a stranger’s home!!!!!
6) Wait till they Come Home to Eat their Candy
It is always a good option to make sure your child is not eating already opened wrappers or out of date foods! Especially, home baked goods from neighbors and people you do not know. Trust me: It is better to be safe, than sorry!
7) Make sure they are Careful and Aware of Drivers
It is always important to have eye contact of all your surroundings when walking around neighborhoods. When it gets dark out, it is harder for drivers to see where children are.
8) Avoid Houses that are Dark
It is best to move on when a home does not look welcoming or have any of their lights on. If they wanted you to knock they would have some kind of decoration up or light on in sight.
9) Safe Costumes
Masks can be dangerous because she can obstruct a child’s vision. Face paint and makeup are better options. Make sure costumes are the right size; too long of costumes can create an injury by tripping or falling.
10) Stay in the Neighborhood
Have them stay close to home in a place they are familiar with. You do not want your child wandering around areas they are unfamiliar with and could get lost.