Stay Safe for Halloween
Halloween is coming up here soon! Less than a week away! Can you believe it?! I really do believe that my summer came and went and I am not ready for Christmas decorations to start popping out everywhere already!
Here are a couple of my favorite “It’s Not Christmas Memes”
Poor Santa. He just loves Christmas so much that he tries to steal other people’s holidays 😉
So although we are excited for Christmas and Thanksgiving we need to enjoy Halloween First! One thing that is important to remember during Halloween is SAFETY! One thing some people don’t know about me is that I have my Master’s in Criminal Justice. I am very well informed of the safety concerns and the threats on a daily basis, but something about Halloween really makes people act up and that is something we need to be on alert for. So here are 10 safety tips for this Halloween
- Don’t let your kids Trick-Or-Treat Alone: I believe this one is common sense. But PLEASE don’t let your children go alone. It is even more unsafe for your children to go around because it is very socially acceptable to wear a mask on Halloween (obviously) and YOU will not be able to identify anybody to the police. It is very important that you don’t let your children out of your sight. It is very important that you are a very “over protective” parents on Halloween because of all of the crazies that are out.
- Watch Out for Cars: I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but apparently looking both ways doesn’t apply on this day. I think parents and children just assume that since it’s Halloween that there will be more cautious drivers out there. Well…hate to break it to you….there are people who just don’t care about your kids trick or treating. PLEASE don’t just let your kids run across the street to the other house before making sure the road is clear! I have almost hit kids on Halloween because they were so excited to go across the street to the house for Candy and they just RAN across. Please be careful.
- Watch Out for Kids: And much like #2 when you are driving PLEASE understand that there are kids that have one thing on their mind… CANDY! They are stupid and they WILL just run into the street to go to the other house. Please drive slowly.
- Keep Flashlights: If you are walking in a place with a little bit less than best street lights you should probably be carrying flashlights. This is to make sure that drivers can notice you and see that there are children there. Make sure that drivers and other people can see you.
- Listen to Your Gut: Just because somebody’s light is on (symbol of participating in Halloween festivities) that doesn’t mean you HAVE to go to that house. YOU are the parent. You don’t have to go to a house if you don’t feel good about it. You gut is almost ALWAYS right!
- Turn off Your Light and DON’t Answer the Door: We all have a time in which we are just DONE with trick or treaters. Whether we don’t have any more candy or we just know that the high school students are going to start coming out. Don’t open your door once you know that you are done. There are people who will get upset if you deny them candy. Sometimes it’s no big deal, but there are also people who take candy VERY seriously. You don’t want to deal with anybody hostile on Halloween night.
- Have a Curfew: This curfew is for yourself. Make sure that you tell your kids that you are not going to stay out past a certain time of the night. And then also make sure that your older children come home at a safer time as well. People are GOING to get drunk on Halloween (even though it is on a random Monday). Your driving teens need to be safe while on the road with all of the scary drivers out there. Bring your kids home at an acceptable time that is right for your family and that is safe. I would recommend 8:30.
- Go in Groups: See if you can go in a large group of people while trick-or-treating. Especially if you are a mom going by herself with her 3 kids. You might want to ask another mom if she will want to go with you! Not only is that a lot more fun it is A LOT safer.
- Have a Plan: You need to make a plan with your children about what they should do if they get lost. Hopefully that doesn’t ever happen but you need to make sure that you have a plan. You will most likely be walking in a neighborhood that your kids are familiar with so think of a safe landmark or home that you will meet at if you guys get separated. If the children are older than you can even give them a phone to contact you.
- Stranger Danger Talk: Sometimes when kids are so caught up in the holiday they don’t think about their cautions that you have taught them. PLEASE remind them that there are dangerous people out there. Don’t scare them of course. But they still need to know that even though this is supposed to be a fun holiday there are some people who want to hurt them. Don’t talk to people they don’t know and don’t follow people they don’t know.
Check your kids candy first. Throw away all unwrapped candy or anything that looks suspicious or “tainted”
Have a Happy Halloween Everybody! Have FUN! And Stay SAFE!!!