Halloween is an exciting time for children. This is one of the few times that they get to eat a generous amount of candy. Safety must come first at all times. Young people donít always think about safety. They tend to act first and think later. This is a great time to discuss safety and responsibility.
Most communities host safe havens for trick-or-treating on Halloween Night. Some churches are also known for throwing movie nights and kidsí night out. Halloween parties are also very popular among teens. Of course snacks of all sorts are served, including lots of candy. This gives the children an opportunity to get to know others with similar interests.
Some children would rather partake in Halloween activities the old fashion way. Door to door trick-or-treating should be done with extreme caution. Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Older children should walk in groups of three or more. Trick-or-Treaters should only visit homes of people that they know. Strangers may not have the best interest of children in mind.
Candy should not be eaten until it is inspected by a parent or guardian. All loose or unwrapped candy should be discarded immediately. Homemade goods, such as cupcakes or rice crispy treats should not be eaten. The same rules should be followed for fruits, such as apples, oranges, or bananas. Although it might look festive, it may not be safe to eat.
Walkers should be mindful of the color of costumes. Dark clothing is difficult to see at night. It is important to carry a flash light or flare strips while walking on the side walk. Take caution when crossing the street. Some children wear masks to put the finishing touch on costumes. When selecting masks, make sure that the eye and nose holes are sufficient for seeing and breathing.
Parents can share the excitement by tagging along with their young children. This is an opportunity to build relationships that will be treasured for years to come. Older children probably wonít appreciate mom or dad tagging along with their friends, so be sure to discuss safety tips with them before leaving home. It is also a great idea to equip the kids with a cell phone in case of emergency. These simple tips can make an exciting night safe, as well as a treasured childhood memory.