While Halloween is an exciting time for kids, for parents it is usually very hectic and stressful. Along with organizing costumes, parents also have to worry about their kid’s safety while they go out and enjoy themselves.
Here are some tips for parents so that they can make sure their kids have a safe Halloween:
- Kids should visit only well-lit homes. Homes that are well-lit on Halloween night usually welcome trick-or-treaters. If the porch lights are off, or if kids feel uncomfortable, they should simply move on to a different home.
- NEVER ACCEPT RIDES FROM STRANGERS. NEVER.
- Kids should never split up from their group.
- Ingredients like peanuts and milk can be disastrous for kids with allergies. Make sure allergic kids are careful to ask about these ingredients before accepting treats.
- Make sure kids have emergency contact information on them. You can either write down the info on a card and stick it in their bag or write the info on your kid’s wrist using a marker. Since markers can wash off, the card would be better.
- If you’re allowing your kid to trick-or-treat alone, make sure you map out their route. Outline the neighborhoods they’ll start with, where they’ll go and which neighborhoods to avoid.
- Make sure your kids follow road safety rules and are extra careful on Halloween night, when kids are four times more likely to be run over by a car. Try to incorporate some reflective tape into their costume or just stick some on it or on your kid’s bag anyway. Kids should be smart and careful while crossing roads.
- When choosing or making your kid’s costume, make sure it’s not too long (to prevent your kid tripping over it) and, if there’s a mask, that your kid can see out of it and breathe in it.
- Have some way you can contact your kid, preferably a mobile phone. To avoid looking like a helicopter parent, you can chat with them for updates using, ahem, a certain chat app for kids whose website you’re currently on.
- Check the candy collected by your kids for sharp objects or signs of tampering before letting them eat it.
Roo Kids Chat App is a kid-friendly instant messenger with minimum but critical parental controls.
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