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I have to start off by apologizing for being away so long. Life got pretty busy for a couple of weeks with school starting and all. But I am back now. 🙂
Since October is just right around the corner, I want to share a few posts that I’ve worked on about Halloween, beginning with a few tips about trick -or- treating safety.
When our children think of trick -or- treating they think of fun and candy. We want them to have fun, but we also want them to be safe. I’ve come up with some tips to help you ensure that your kids have a safe and fun time.
Keep the Costumes Short
This is an important one for my family because H is short (like her momma). Kids get excited when they are out trick-or-treating. They often run down the street and up stairs to get to people’s porches. Long costumes that reach the ground could cause children, especially little ones, to trip, and potentially injure themselves. Princess gowns or capes of superhero costumes could for some children be way too long. When buying (or making) costumes you want to have your children try them on with the shoes they intend to wear and walk around a little. If the costume needs to be hemmed in any way you can go ahead and get that done quickly. I am not a sewer (although I fully intend to learn), so I use this fabric tape. This tape has worked great for making H’s princess costumes shorter, and the tape didn’t fall off the dresses while she was trick -or- treating
Make Trick-or-Treating a Family Event
I feel like this one is a given, and probably doesn’t need to be listed, but I’m adding it anyway. Obviously, if you have a teenager that is still into trick -or- treating, they can probably go out in your neighborhood on their own. I don’t have a teenager, but I think it’s a good idea to have them go with a group of friends, and only in a neighborhood that you as the parent are comfortable with. Younger children shouldn’t go trick -or- treating alone (DUH!), even in your own neighborhood (you can never be too safe). Going with your children will take a lot of stress off of your mind, and you will enjoy seeing your little ones having a blast.
Be Safe While Walking
This should be a given, but this is the one safety tip that I rarely see practiced, and it drives me bonkers! When you take your kids out trick -or- treating please please PLEASE practice caution. Make sure that you and your kids are walking on the sidewalks NOT down the middle of the street, even if there are other families doing so. If the sidewalks are full and your neighborhood has bike lanes, those are fine to walk in as well. IF the sidewalk is full, then you all just take your time and walk a little slower and enjoy your time as a family.
Some costumes have masks, so it’s a good idea to make sure that your kids can see out of them properly. If they have any trouble at all seeing, it is a good idea to have them take the masks off while walking, then put them on just before saying “trick -or- treat!”.
You should also avoid homes that aren’t well lit, and if you don’t know the family, don’t accept an invitation to enter. Seriously yall, people are weird!
Keep Your Own Home Safe
If you don’t have children, have older ones that aren’t interested in trick -or- treating, or have kids that are just too little to go, but are handing out candy you want to make sure your home is safe for trick -or- treaters. Make sure your front yard and porch area are well lit. You can do this by of course having your porch light on, but also have battery operated lights inside pumpkins. You can also make sure any other outside lights that you have have been turned on as well.
If it has recently rained, and you know that your porch gets slick, it’s a good idea to put a rug out so that kids don’t slip and fall. You should sweep away leaves for the same reason.
It is also a good idea that you keep your pets restrained and inside, just in case
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What are some of your trick -or- treating safety tips that are a must?