Halloween was never on the top of my list of ‘favorite holidays’ but after buying a house that has completely changed. Halloween used to be all about getting dressed and going out but now it’s all about decorating the house from ceiling to floors and giving out candy all night long. I never knew when I moved to my neighborhood that Halloween would be so crazy. As soon as the sun goes down, the trick or treaters start and they don’t stop til past 10pm. To give you an idea of how many people come to our house, we bought over $400 in candy last year. It’s insane!
With that many people in our neighborhood, it’s a bit scary. More often than not, I see little kids running around from house to house in the dark neighborhood with their parents chasing after them. With the sun down and more cars driving on our street than usual during Halloween, I worry tremendously about the kids and trick or treaters safety.
I’ve teamed up with Methodist Richardson Medical Center to bring you Halloween Safety Tips to keep in mind this holiday season.
Halloween Safety Tips
- Plan a safe route. Talk with your kids before you leave the house and tell them where you plan to go. Even if you are just walking down the street and back, let them know. That way, if they get off the intended route, they will have an idea and know where to find you.
- Equip your children with a walkie talkie or cell phone. Depending on their age, your children might already have a cell phone. If they don’t, either give them one to use for the night or buy a set of walkie talkies to keep in contact. If one of you gets separated, a quick phone call can bring you back together.
- Make sure they have your contact info. If your little one gets lots, you want them to be able to find you. Since they may be scared or not know what to do, be sure to give them your contact info. I’ve seen some pretty awesome homemade temporary tattoos you can put on your child that has your name, phone number and the kids name.
- Put away your phone. I know, I know – it’s all about the pictures but your phone is a distraction. Take most of your pictures at your house before you leave so you don’t have to do it while you’re out trick or treating.
- Bring a flashlight for every family member. The streets are dark and cars can’t see you or your little ones easily, especially when they’re in costume. A flashlight will help you get noticed (and help you find your way).
Methodist Richardson is providing 2 free mini flashlights, all you have to do is sign up. The change of season means it gets dark earlier outside and kids will be walking around after school and extra curricular activities. These flashlights are perfect to hook on to their keys or backpacks for easy use. Not only can you order your free mini flashlights, but also find more tips for staying safe while walking around outside.
What other Halloween safety tips would you suggest?