Halloween Safety & Etiquette Tips

I am so excited for Halloween this year with my daughter!! Last year she was just a few months old and literally slept through all of Trick or Treating!! We went with her cousins and her uncle held her the whole time! It was adorable but I’m soooo excited to see her running around with her cousins, actually going up to the doors to get candy, and be old enough to participate!! It’s going to be so fun!! NEW TRADITION started last year!! (SIL I know you’re reading this, it’s a Tradition NOW!!) My Brother In Law && Sister In Law moved into their new home last year and we had a big halloween dinner and went trick or treating and passed out candy to others! They had about 500 kids come to their home!! We have a fun Halloween Dinner planned for tomorrow with themed food and drinks! All of the family is coming over and we are going to take the kids out and celebrate!!! With all of this excitement and commotion going on, we need to make sure everyone is staying safe on Halloween!! Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • I recommend going with your children to Trick or Treat, however if they are old enough to go with a group of friends in a neighborhood you trust, make sure they know to NEVER go into a stranger’s home or get into a stranger’s car! Reminders are a good thing to go over tomorrow night! (They say children under 12 should be supervised by an adult)
  • If they do go alone, make sure they know to check in often! People who are up to no good know kids are out on the streets tonight!
  • Tell your kids not to take back alleys or cut through fields tonight. If no sidewalk, walk facing traffic. Before crossing the street, look both ways!!! Don’t run across drive ways, someone might be backing up. If walking behind a car, have your child raise and wave their hand, it helps them be seen!
  • If you are still trick or treating after the sun has gone down, give the kids Glow Sticks or flash lights! Help them be seen!!
  • Check online for the location of sex offenders in your area before going out.
  • Don’t go up to houses when their porch light is off. Pay attention to any signs up, such as Don’t Ring Doorbell or Beware of Dog. Kids don’t always notice these or are able to read, so watch for them.
  • Remind them to use manners, such as saying “Thank You!”
  • Vandalism is high this night, make sure your kids know it’s against the law, make sure they know the difference between a trick and vandalism!
  • After the Trick or Treaters are done, make sure your motion lights are still on to discourage the mischief makers!!
  • If passing out candy, pass the candy out yourself, all of those little hands in the bowl of candy = GERMS!!! While Trick or Treating, it wouldn’t hurt to keep hand sanitizer on you!! It’s FLU SEASON!!! Sorry mom moment!!
  • Make sure your littles know you need to check the candy before they eat it, make sure nothing looks suspicious and you can pick out your favorites! 😉
  • Feed your kids dinner before going out so they will be less tempted to snack on the candy before you can check it all back at home.
  • When checking candy, throw out anything homemade (unless you know the person), anything with holes in it, partially opened, torn, or spoiled. Some people don’t give out candy, they give toys or other items, check these out closely! Make sure there isn’t anything sharp or anything on these items.
  • Don’t forget Dry Ice is not to be consumed!! It may look spooky and amazing for your party and drink, but it could cause serious damage!
  • Make sure costumes don’t have any tripping hazards, such as being too long! Sidewalks and streets aren’t always flat and perfect and kids get excited!
  • If the costume has props, make sure there aren’t any sharp edges in case they trip.
  • Make sure costume is Flame-Retardant, make sure they watch out for candles when going up to houses.
  • If driving on Halloween, DON’T BE ON YOUR PHONE!! You shouldn’t do this to start with but the amount of kids out and not all are paying attention when crossing the street, you need to keep your eyes out extra tonight!
  • I have heard lots of controversy on letting older kids trick or treat. I’m on the side where I say LET THEM!! Let them be kids as long as they can!! But only if they are actually trick or treating and not causing trouble!! I heard someone say, once they can drive they are too old. I think that’s a good rule! If you still want to participate in the trick or treating, dress up, make it fun and pass out the candy!!
  • If Hosting a party, make sure none of your guests drink and drive!!!
  • Don’t let your kids steal the whole bowl of candy! 2 pieces is a good amount!
  • Before bed, don’t forget to brush those teeth after eating candy!! lol sorry, the mom in me is coming out again!!
  • If Halloween isn’t your thing, DON’T BE A HALLOWEEN GRINCH!!! Don’t ruin this for the kids!! Turn your porch light off. Put up a sign. Stay inside and pout alone. Don’t be rude and grumpy if you give in and pass out candy!! It’s ONE NIGHT of the year! You can fake it for a few hours!

Pet Safety:

  • The wrappers of the candy can be deadly! Make sure there isn’t any left on the ground!
  • Chocolate can be deadly to dogs!
  • Make sure not to leave any candles (in jack o lanterns) where a pet could accidentally knock it over. Also keep glow sticks away from them.
  • If your pet stresses easily, dressing them up may stress them out more, especially with so many people coming to the doors, and all of the noise going on outside.
  • Make sure they have their collars and ids on! Just in case they sneak by out the door when a trick or treater comes up or they get out of the yard!

 

Popular Trick or Treating Hours are between 530-930pm!! 

 

I write this out of concern of this night of fun being turned into a horror story in one way or another!! As you know, I’m alllll about family safety!!! A 2012 State Farm study found that children are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year in pedestrian accidents. Human Trafficking Targets increase during the holidays too and Halloween kicks that off for them. Don’t put your guard down. ANYONE could be a predator!

I don’t want to leave this on a bad note!! So BONUS Personal Story: I broke my arm on Halloween Night when I was younger! I tripped on the sidewalk, not over my costume or a bump or anything else!! Broke one bone and bent another! JUST FROM WALKING!!! We didn’t know it was broken that night, I got up the next morning and painfully played in a soccer game!!

I hope you all have the most incredible time tomorrow night && get lots of your favorite candy! Share your little’s halloween costume photos with us too!!! Tag us!! Here is our little Penelope in her ghost costume!! She loves to scare people and yell “AHHHHH BOO”!!

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Happy Halloween!!!

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