Safety tips when Trick or Treating with Your Kids
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Halloween is a fun annual event but, it can turn into a nightmare if you are not careful.
With so many kids in costumes running around, and at night at that, it is not surprising for some kids to get separated from whoever's taking them out trick or treating. And, in today's world, you even have to worry about some possibly being kidnapped.
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Unfortunately, parents want to see the fun side of Halloween, so many fail to see the potential danger in these kinds of events. They feel that because their kids are just going around their familiar neighborhood, they can wander around anytime they wish and no harm will come to them. After all, an adult is with them.
But, is simply being in their own neighborhood, and, being with one adult enough to ensure trick or treat safety?
Here are some tips that you might want to go over before you send your little Dracula and Scarecrow out into the night.
1. Use the Buddy system
Make sure that there is one adult companion for every child. That way, they can be watched over. Having one adult companion against two kids can work but only if the adult is used to watching over two kids and that the other kid is a bit older, 8 year old and above. If you have two toddlers, better get two companions. One for each. They can be monsters.
2. Know who they are with
The word "adult" should not just designate chronological age, but, also the maturity of the individual. A 13-year-old teener can already be a sufficient companion for a 5-year old but not when the teener is wild and immature. Some teeners will leave their charges to fend for themselves while they go someplace else. Make sure that you know who your kids are with during the trick and treating. If it is a relative, make sure you give appropriate instructions. If it is a babysitter, make sure that you check the references.
3. Get out there early
Your kids do not really have to venture out at midnight. They can go to houses early, even when there is still light. This way, there will be less people around and thus, they will be easy to manage. If your kids balk at the idea, tell them that people will have more candies to give when they go to the homes early and besides, they can stay at home and help scare trick or treaters come midnight.
4. Choose bright costumes
Although being Dracula or Frankenstein can be fun at a Halloween party, having the kids wear brighter and more noticeable costumes during trick or treating is better. This way, they will be more noticeable and less targets for people with sinister intentions. Children wearing bright costumes and those with colors stand out more in the crowd and therefore, less likely to be kidnapped or to get lost.
5. Link the little ones up for safety
If you do not really have a choice and you promised the kids trick or treating, do not take care of them alone. Have some battle gear like a companion belt, which you can attach to your toddlers and then attach to your arm. That way, even when they roam around, you they are still within your reach. They donít have far to go.
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