Stay Safe When Trick or Treating

How to Stay Safe When Kids are Trick or Treating

Stay Safe When Trick or TreatingIf your kids are anything like mine, they’d decided on this year’s Halloween Trick or Treating costume before Halloween had officially started last year. If your kids aren’t like mine, can we switch? Just kidding.

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For kids, the biggest part of Halloween is decided what costume to wear. It’s a big deal, especially as they get older and don’t want to go along with your idea of “just picking something out that’s already in the dress up bin.” Really, Mom? (If you really can’t convince your child to wear a costume they already have, check out They have over 3,000 costumes, including this years latest and greatest trends, at awesome prices. You can even grab one for yourself, the hubby or the dog!)

But for a parent, the biggest fear is safety. I remember growing up back in the day when all over the news were stories of people using needles to inject candy with drugs. Yes. And you wonder why my parents didn’t like us to go Trick or Treating very often. And why I’m paranoid about the candy my kids get (but I still manage to snitch a bunch after they go to bed!)

But in all seriousness, there are a few things you need to consider before wandering the streets after dark, begging for candy from perfect strangers (or not, if you actually know your neighbors.)

    1. Always Trick or Treat with an adult. I think this is an obvious one, but every year I get small groups of kids with no adults anywhere, even down on the sidewalk. I mean, really. Does this five year old need to be out by himself at 9 pm? No. Walk with your kids, it’s not that far.
    2. I was going to say ‘Wear Reflective Clothing’ but have you ever tried to convince a vampire that he needs reflective tape all over his costume? Not going to work. You know what will work? Buying a bunch of Dollar Store glow bracelets and necklaces and giving them to said vampire and his Princess Leia sister. Get creative; these fit through shoelaces, around ankles, in ponytails…
    3. Stay on the sidewalk. Obviously, you need to cross the street to get to that one house that’s AWESOME, but don’t just walk in the road to walk in the road. Honestly, that’s the exact reason those sidewalks were invented.
    4. Stay out of people’s houses. When my daughter was two, she saw a little dog in someone’s house and walked right in to pet it. Luckily, I was right there and grabbed her hand, and the people who lived there just laughed and brought the dog to the door so she could see it. But do they really want an extra sugar-filled child in their house? No. Keep your kids to yourself.
    5. Inspect your child’s candy. Yes, in my house, ‘inspecting’ really means ‘eating my favorites after the kids go to bed’ but before your children eat any of it, give it a quick once-over and remove anything that’s not well wrapped. Homemade goodies? Sweet thought, but those go right in the garbage. Oh, and my kids totally think that the “Candy Tax” for taking them trick or treating is a real thing…sshhhhh.
    6. Have fun. This is the one night your children get to walk the neighborhood after dark like delinquent children, running and screaming and taking candy from strangers. Let them enjoy it!Halloween Safety Tip: Have FunDon’t forget to check out for awesome costumes, although that awesome Party Animal on the end is totally made up. Punny puns, anyone?

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  • Kenya August 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Great tips! It is almost that time. We’ve never really been big into Halloween but these are great!

  • Emily August 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Looking over the candy is so important. It always makes me nervous to think what someone could do, even though we rarely (if ever) hear of anything negative happening. Always important to keep the little ones safe!

  • Dawn @ Our Food Fix August 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I always worried about this, especially with younger kids wanting to tag along with their older siblings and friends. Thankfully there are great ways to stay safe!

  • Marissa August 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    My kids are always so excited to get to wear the glow-in-the-dark bands for Halloween, although our city has designated trick-or-treat to be done just as it’s getting dark, so that helps a ton.


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