Halloween Tips for Parents: Keep Your Child Safe

October 13, 2008 by Ange Perdu  
Published in Holidays

The world we currently live in is dangerous. Keeping our children safe can be a difficult task. Increased numbers of pedophiles and criminals roam the streets. Halloween can be a perfect opportunity for child abduction, injury, accident, or illness to take place. Following some of these time-tested tips on Halloween can guarantee you and your child have a pleasant experience.

The world we currently live in is dangerous. Keeping our children safe can be a difficult task. Increased numbers of pedophiles and criminals roam the streets. Halloween can be a perfect opportunity for child abduction, injury, accident, or illness to take place. It is a time where parents should be viligent. Although, we want our child to have a great memorable night it is also our responsibility as parents to ensure their overrall safety at the same time. Following some of these time-tested tips on Halloween can guarantee you and your child have a pleasant experience.

Regardless of what type of Halloween costume your child will be wearing it is vital to add reflector patches to their bag or costume. You can give them glow sticks as an alternative also. This makes them visible at night and prevents him or her from being struck by a vehicle.

Educate your children about how to handle a threatening situation. Teach them how to call you or the police if something happens. Make sure they have a cell phone and change for a pay phone if needed. There are many prepaid specialty phones for children on the market today. It’s a great investment. Place the number where you can be reached and home on speed dial.

If you’re children are slightly older make sure they are in a group. Know their friends and their parents. Never let your kids go off with adults you don’t know. Although, they may be a parent themselves take a minute to call them or speak to them before they leave with your child. Familarize yourself with the route they will be taking. Ask questions and set a designated time for them to return. It is wise for parents to be accessible on Halloween night. Even if you’re hosting a party keep your cell phone on you. You never know when your child might get sick or just feel like coming home early. Be available. As a parent you never get the night off.

Be sure to check all of your child’s candy before they eat it. This is extremely important if your kid has any food allergies. Many people believe that candy tampering is a thing of the past but in today’s society you can never be too safe. A quick glance through the candy open or broken wrappers is adequate caution. After you look over it divide the candy giving your child a specific amount that they can eat that night and putting away the rest. So, your child does not feel deprived discuss it with them. Let them know that you’re putting some cany back so they can have it as a treat tomorrow too. Place it in a special bowl or bag and place up in the cabinet. Leave the rest of the candy still in their bag so they can have the joy of dumping it out on the floor and sorting through it. Make sure you still leave them a good variety. Children love to relish in their hard Trick-or-Treating labor.

Following these rather easy tips will make your Halloween this year safe.

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