If your kids are like mine, they’re counting down the days until Halloween. After all, what’s not to love? Costumes, candy, friends – not to mention being allowed to stay up a little later than normal. But trick-or-treating does come with some risks, and we’re not just talking about the sensational stories that you and I grew up with. I mean, let’s be realistic. They’re not going to find needles hidden in their candy from a malicious neighbor.
But there are some other real risks – here’s how to minimize them and keep your children safe.
This post is sponsored by Covington Esplanade’s Harvest Festival coming up on October 27 from 2-4pm.
Don’t use masks. You guys. I know. The masks are so super adorable and your child is going to fight you on this. But they seriously limit your child’s visibility and make it easier for them to trip and fall while navigating poorly-lit porches and stairs. My daughter fell last year while running up to a house and it could have been sooooo much worse than it was. Opt for hats, makeup, and face paint or teach your child to pull down their mask when they reach the door, but put it back up when they walk to the next house.
Hem long costumes. Same as above: dark, spooky, decorated porches + running, excited kids = a recipe for disaster. If your child is wearing a long costume make sure it’s hemmed to around ankle-length to prevent them from tripping on curbs, stairs, or just while they sprint to the next door.
Go to a community trick-or-treating event. These events are most commonly held by shopping malls or churches and give you a lot of bang for your trick-or-treating buck. Bonus – they’re usually pretty well lit and some even happen during the day. There are fewer worries about cars, strangers, and getting lost. Covington Esplanade is even hosting an event with bouncy houses and kids’ activities. And since it’s on October 27th, you still have Halloween free to take the kids out and get an even bigger candy haul!
Give your kids a flashlight. While lighted buckets, glow sticks, or reflective tape help make your kids visible to cars, they do nothing to increase your child’s ability to navigate safely in the dark. Each child in a group should have their own flashlight.
Teach your child to stay with a group. If you have a young child, you’re going to trick-or-treat with them. But when they’re old enough to head out by themselves coach them to always stay with their group and to never, under any circumstances, enter a stranger’s house.
Insist they ask before eating candy. Sure, you want to look over your child’s candy at the end of the evening to make it is unopened. But you also want to protect your kids from allergens and choking hazards. And you also probably want to regulate the amount that they’ll eat in one short evening. Insist that they always ask before taking a piece.
Trick-or-treating is a highlight of the year for most kids, and a few simple safety precautions can keep it from becoming memorable for all the wrong reasons.
And if you’re looking for additional fall fun, come to Covington Esplanade’s Harvest Festival on October 27 from 2-4 pm. Enjoy themed games and activities, bouncy houses, trick or treating and prizes! Fun for the entire family!! Plus, stop by the SPIRIT booth for your trick or treating treasure map and then look for the balloon bouquets at participating merchants to get your treats and a chance at the grand prize gift basket.