All hallow’s eve, the night when little witches and warlocks, goblins and pumpkins, ghosts and zombies roam the streets, is just a few days away. The night is filled with long-lived (and loved!) traditions of trick-or-treating and running through neighborhoods, conjuring up scary spirits. It’s one of the best holidays of the year, and it’s one of the HAPARI team’s personal favorite days.
To make sure the day stays fun, today’s blog post features HAPARI’s Halloween Safety Tips. It’s always important to remember that safety is the number one priority. Having a great Halloween filled with amazing memories comes in a close second. 🙂 So, take a few minutes and review these important safety tips with your kiddos before the big night!
HAPARI’s Halloween Safety Tips
No eating candy until all pieces have been inspected
Remind your kiddos that trick-or-treating is for collecting tricks or treats, it’s not for eating the candy right away. Once you and the kiddos are in for the night, lay out all the candy in their bags and inspect the candies. Throw anything that looks opened or homemade away (unless you know the person personally who gave it to your child). As sad as it is, trusting strangers homemade foods isn’t always a safe idea.
Stay with the group
You know how it goes, the kiddos are SO excited to go trick-or-treating they can’t wait to run from house to house to get their treats. While we completely sympathize with their excitement, make sure your kids stay with their group so they don’t get lost or hit by a car.
Remind your kids about the universal rule: stranger danger. While you want your kids to be warm, welcoming, and polite to strangers, you also want them to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Remind them never to enter into a house of someone they don’t know, even if they are offered a candy to go inside. Remind them to always wait on the sidewalk outside.
Lights, Lights, Lights
This time of year it gets dark quickly and early. Remind all trick-or-treaters to keep a flashlight on them. This is especially important for older teenagers who insist on trick-or-treating by themselves.
Help Cars See You
Pedestrians have the right of way, but cars are much bigger and can cause serious harm. It’s your responsibility as the pedestrian to make sure cars see you. Try adding reflective tape to a part of your kiddos costume and remind all trick-or-treaters to walk along roads facing traffic to help drivers see you and so you can easily see them.
Alright, that’s it! Take a few minutes to review these five easy safety tips with your kids to have a safe and fun Halloween!
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