Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Since we do our church’s special event on Sunday before Halloween each year, this allows our families to participate in welcoming neighbors who may visit their homes on October 31. This also allows our families to go out for more candy with their kids. In my completely unrequested opinion (but I’m right), your kids don’t need to be allowed to go out on this night unaccompanied by adults. There are too many crazy people in the world and you just can’t be too safe. However, some of your kids are old enough to know how to stay safe and may be planning on going in a group of friends, so I realize it is possible that some of your kids may go out without. Since that may be true for some folks here are some helpful tips to help your kids stay safe whether they’re with or without you

1. Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

2. Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home.
Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.

3. Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated
places and don’t go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas.

4. Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.

5. Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with
them.

6. Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.

7. Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.

8. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more
visible to cars.

9. Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.

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