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13 Halloween Safety Tips to Teach Kids All Year Round
Are you excited for Halloween, or are your kids?
I bet they are! Dressing up and getting free candy; who doesn’t like that?
With all of the excitement, don’t forget to teach them some basic safety rules. Whether they’re little like mine are and learn more with actions, or are older and can read and follow a list of rules.
Some safety tips can even turn into life lessons for your kids. Below is a list of 13 Halloween Safety tips that you teach for more than just one night a year!
Halloween Safety Tip #1: Go in groups or stay with parents
As far as Halloween goes, this should be an obvious rule. Obviously, small children should stay with their parents while trick or treating. Teenagers may not want to be seen with their parents, though, and should stay with a group of friends. (Possibly with parents following at a distance, or one ‘cool’ parent chaperoning.)
The more people in a group, the better!
In every stage of life, this is the way to go, as well.
Remind your kids that they always have you (their parents) to keep them safe (physically and emotionally) and to help them have fun. If they think you’re lame for telling them that, then let them know that their friends can do the same.
This helps them understand that they have people all around them to support them when they need help. Their friends and family are their support network, they will need both to thrive through out life!
Halloween Safety Tip #2: Make sure you can be seen: use flashlights, reflective tape, or glow sticks
Being able to be seen on Halloween is super important. It helps with not being run over by cars and helps others find you more easily. While using a flashlight helps you see.
Being seen in life, such as in school or when they become adults, is also important. You should teach your child to stand out from a crowd, rather than to blend in. This way they can be themselves and not worry. They can get the help they need in school to better themselves and get into the college they want; or volunteer where they want to (to gain experience) to land their dream job.
Being able to be seen and stand out has many benefits all through out life. People will remember them. And hopefully they remember them in a good light, shining the light on others, as well.
Halloween Safety Tip #3: Only visit houses with lights on: if no one comes to the door after ringing the doorbell then you should leave
During Halloween this probably means that the people living there don’t want to be bothered. If that’s the case then you don’t want to annoy them and keep knocking. Simply leave them alone and move onto the next house.
This is the same with dealing with some people (haha). Or, with trying to accomplish goals. If you try one way to do something and don’t succeed; don’t continue to go that route and make yourself insane doing so. Move on and try another way.
Let your children know that there is more than one way to do something, just like there is more than just one house to go to for candy. This will help open up their minds and create a positive outlook; the glass is half full, rather than half empty.
Halloween Safety Tip #4: Don’t go inside strangers houses, even if they invite you in
Whether it is Halloween or not, you’re kids should always follow this rule.
Even as adults, we should follow this rule for our own safety.
Who knows what the person is up to; are they harmless and just want to help keep us out of the cold for a few minutes or do they have other intentions?
Unfortunately, since we don’t know them, we don’t know their intentions. It’s better not to hope for the best in this type of situation.
Teach your children to politely decline the invite and move on to the next house for candy. This is one reason that it’s good to go trick or treating in groups. The larger the group, the better.
And, if you have a little one who does go into someones house during Halloween when getting candy, let’s just say it’s to chase a cute puppy inside the home; you dart in after them and grab them. No shame, what-so-ever. You do what you need to to keep your kids safe.
(Not saying my youngest did that last year, or anything…she just loves puppies)
Halloween Safety Tip #5: Don’t ride with strangers, even if they offer
This rule goes hand in hand with the last rule. Unless it’s public transportation, don’t get in the car with a stranger. You don’t know how well they drive, if they are intoxicated, or what else.
I’m not the type of person to assume the worst in others, but not everyone is good at driving.
Also, accidents happen. I wouldn’t want to get in an accident and get badly injured, or worse, because I trusted a complete stranger.
Let your kids know how dangerous it can be. Even if they are teenagers and think they are a good judge of character and invincible to the world; scare them a little if you need to.
This rule is that important.
Halloween Safety Tip #6: Watch for cars before crossing the street, and stay out of the road
This is another one of those literal lessons that kids should remember even through out adulthood; don’t walk in the road, and look both ways before crossing the street. Also, no j-walking; you don’t want to get hit by a car.
This is especially important in the reality we live in today with pokemon go, texting, and other ‘important things’ that drivers use their phones for while they are driving.
Sure, it’s not even legal in most states to text and drive; but, there’s still people who do it. It’s best just to stay on the sidewalk, and stay alert at all times.
Halloween Safety Tip #7: Check candy before eating (or have a parent or trusted adult check it for you)
Also, don’t eat the candy before you get home so it can be examined in good lighting; better to wait and enjoy it than be sorry. And, this can be said about quite a few things in life.
For young children; teach them how they can always rely on you to make sure things are safe before they start doing something. This can include; going swimming, eating hot foods, waiting for you to meet the parents of their friends before they go over to their house.
Even teenagers need some guidance; just try to be cool about it and let them know you’re on their side. Ha, probably easier said then done, right?
Halloween Safety Tip #8: Contact authorities if you see something suspicious or dangerous
If you’re children are young and with you or another trusted adult, teach them to tell you or the other adult. Then, if need be, appropriate authorities can be contacted.
This should happen all through out the year and any time anything suspicious or dangerous occurs. For younger children, it’s best for them to tell a trusted grown up first, before simply calling 911; they may not be able to determine what needs to be called in and what doesn’t.
For older children and teenagers; make sure they know to never prank call the authorities.
You, as their parents, know when they are mature enough to determine a situation by themselves enough to call the authorities for suspicious or dangerous activities.
Until then, have them tell another trusted adult. They need to understand the difference between something any trusted adult can handle and situations that go further that needs someone with more authority.
Again, this should be taught all year round; not just at Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tip #9: Avoid costumes that are hard to move in, dangerous or could make you trip or fall
Kids and adults alike should wear outfits that they feel comfortable in and can actually move in.
Sure, what you wear should be based on what you’re doing; we know this from going to work. But, we don’t wear heels we can’t walk in just to look more ‘professional’. (Alright, so, I have known people who have done this, but they looked ridiculous!) There’s other, safer, shoes to wear and still look professional and able to walk in, as well.
This includes what kids wear to school, as well.
If their jeans are too long; hem them.
Make sure shoes are tied tight to avoid trips and falls.
Sometimes kids don’t want to look all ‘put together’, but they still need to be safe.
Safety should always come before ‘looking good’.
Halloween Safety Tip #10: Use face paint instead of masks: make sure you can always see clearly
Obviously, you want your child to be able to see clearly so they don’t trip and fall.
But, to bring this tip to a life lesson; teach your child to not hide behind a mask in front of anyone. They should always be true to themselves and not try to be someone else. If they keep the mask on for too long, it may just never come off; never letting them be themselves again. And, no parent wants that for their child.
Opt for face paint instead, even if it changes the color of their face; others can still see the contour of their face and know it’s them. Paint can always be wiped away (literally and metaphorically).
Halloween Safety Tip #11: Don’t bring dangerous props
Not bringing dangerous props, such as pointy pirate swords, helps ensure your children don’t hurt themselves or others on accident. It also makes it harder for them to have fun and get candy when they have something extra to carry the entire night.
This lesson should go far beyond Halloween and childhood. As there are weapons that should not be on hand to anyone in the world (such as guns and knives); if everyone followed this rule the world would be much safer. Some people may carry these in fear that others do the same. Yet, two wrongs do not make a right and if these items are owned they should be kept at home.
Halloween Safety Tip #12: Go trick or treating to friends houses, mall, or a trunk or treat at a church or throw a Halloween party
Sometimes it’s just more fun to be with people you know and to know that your kids will be safe; no roads to cross or strangers to go and ask for candy from. Your kids may feel more comfortable as well, ensuring they have more fun.
This is a lesson that should be taught to children to help them realize a couple of things. First; they don’t have to do what ‘everyone’ else is doing to have fun. And, second; it can be fun to host events themselves.
Halloween Safety Tip #13: Trick or Treat before it gets dark
This may be a difficult safety rule to follow, especially with how early it gets dark out this time of year. But, it is safer to walk outside when there’s still sunlight; it’s easier to see other people, where you are going, and the ground in front of you so you don’t trip and fall.
That being said, you should teach your children to not go walking around after dark in everyday life; for the same reasons and more.
Make sure you teach your children more than the safety tips this year!
Whether your kids, or you, follow these rules for Halloween or not; they are absolutely worth teaching.
Teach them these lessons whether they want to hear them or not; someday your children may thank you that you have and that they actually listened to you.
Who knew there was so much to learn from a few Halloween safety rules. Don’t forget to grab the Printable list of these rules for your kids!
Share with friends and family, comment below if you have any more safety tips that can expand beyond Halloween. And, have a safe and fun Halloween!!
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