Halloween is a fun and spooky holiday for people of all ages to enjoy. However, a lot can go awry on Halloween so it’s best to stay informed and check out the tips for parents below from the National Crime Prevention Council. Halloween can be a “howling” good time for all when taking the right safety precautions!
- Younger children should be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating and make sure older kids go out with a group of friends.
- Discuss a route with your children for them to follow while they’re out trick or treating and discuss an end time.
- Opt for makeup instead of masks for costumes so children don’t have hampered vision.
- Be sure everyone has a flashlight for when it gets dark. For younger children be sure to go while it is still light out.
- Vandalism and pranks are especially prevalent on Halloween. Have a chat with your children about the importance of respecting other people’s homes and that vandalizing comes with serious consequences.
- When the kids come home, review the content of their trick or treat bags.
- Add light colors or reflective tape to costumes for when it’s dark out.
- Report any suspicious activities you see to the local police department.
- If you’re driving during Halloween evening, be sure to drive slowly for pedestrians.
- Turn on your exterior lights for easier visibility.
For the full list visit, http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/halloween/playing-it-safe-on-halloween-pointers-for-parents.pdf.