In our house, we’re not quite to the “walking the neighborhood” stage of trick-or-treating. We do have a toddler on the go (with the new ability to run), and so many friends with kids who will be hitting the streets (or the mall, or the shopping center, etc.) on Monday. It reminds me how important it is to be safe on Halloween.
Trick or Treat Safety Tips (brought to you by Duracell)
- It’s easy for a child to become separated from a parent amidst all the excitement. Having your child’s name and phone number attached to their costume is a great safety tip if they are too young to remember them.
- Make your costume stand out! Remember to carry light producing or reflective devices such as a flashlight equipped with Duracell CopperTop batteries, glow sticks, reflective tape, or flashing Halloween decorations that will make you more noticeable in the dark. You can even add reflective tape to the costume or candy bag your child is carrying for extra visibility in the dark.
- Remind your child that all treats should be brought home before eating them so you can inspect them. Although the risk that your child’s Halloween candy has been tampered with is extremely low, candy could be unwrapped or spoiled.
- No one wants an injury while trick-or-treating. Remember to prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles from the front yard, restraining dogs and other animals, and lighting the house well. Keep in mind that artificial lights and battery-operated candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard.
- Safety first! Instruct your child that they should never go into a stranger’s house or even ring their doorbell for treats unless you are there to say that it is okay. Make sure that they have a fully charged cell phone and Duracell Instant Charger that provides hours of extra battery life on hand to make communicating with you as easy as possible!
As I’m gearing up for our first partial trick-or-treating, I remember how many of these things my parents used to do. We always had flashlights, stayed with our parents, and had the official candy check once we got back home. I still think some of that was so that my dad could pick out a few of his favorites… but it definitely is a must when it comes to Halloween safety.
From all of us here at MomStart, we wish you and your family a spootackularly fun and safe Halloween!
Disclosure – A product was provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the writing of this post; however, opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
Ashley has a background in teaching Kindergarten and working with children K through 8th grade. She is now a SAHM and a very active member of our local MOMS Club chapter. She writes her own blog at Momicles.
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