Happy Halloween! If you’ve got little ones, there’s a good chance they’ll be going out trick or treating tonight. Amid all those superheroes, princesses, and Duck Dynasty get-ups, you can never be too safe. Here are some tips to help everyone stay safe and have a great time. Watch the embedded video for more safety tips.
Young children should always be supervised by adults. There’s really no exception for this. You’re sending your kids out into the dark night, to knock on the doors of strangers. Be sure you or another adult are with them at all times.
Remember there’s safety in numbers. Getting the neighborhood kids together with a couple of adults is a great way to enjoy Halloween night. As a group, they’re easier to see and besides, it’s more fun.
Avoid dark houses. Registered sex offenders are required to turn out their porch light on Halloween night. Furthermore, there are many empty, foreclosed homes in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Teach your kids to skip any house that doesn’t have its lights on.
Bring a flashlight. Not every street is well-lit, so bring your own light so you can safely see the area in front of you, and anyone who might be approaching. Avoid glow sticks, as they contain a liquid that can be harmful if ingested.
Follow traffic/pedestrian safety rules. Watch for cars wherever you go. Drivers may not see you until it’s too late. Always cross at crosswalks whenever possible, and never dart out from behind a car. It’s also important to remind kids to walk, instead of running. This minimizes the risk for tripping and falling.
Do a safety check on your child’s costume. Is it easy to see in the dark? Can they move easily, without tripping over the hem? Do their shoes fit properly? Does their mask impair their vision or breathing? If they use face paint, is it non-toxic? If their costume includes any tip of weapon, be sure your child knows they must never point that weapon at an officer of the law. Will they be warm enough in the chilly Idaho night?
Keep the treats to a reasonable quantity. Your child might want to go to every house in the neighborhood, but do they really need that much candy? If not, it’s perfectly OK to fill a small bag and call it an early night. Also, be sure to check candy for anything that is unwrapped or potentially hazardous before it’s consumed. Teach your kids to only accept homemade treats from someone they know and trust.