Ahhh! That cool Fall air is finally on it’s way in and all of the fun Holidays are coming along with it. Halloween is one of my favorites and it’s one that I hope that my daughter comes to love as well. I’ve been dressing my Little up every year since she was born and this year will probably be the first year that she will actually enjoy it! She’s two and a half now so she’s finally getting into that fun role-playing stage that I’ve been oh so excited for.
I was a really imaginative child (Who am I kidding? I’m still pretty imaginative!) and every year my mother always took the time to make my costume from scratch. As a kid she always pulled us around in an old radio flyer wagon bringing us door to door (if there wasn’t any awesome Halloween parties going on.) She tried to make the experience as fun as she possibly could year after year.
Now as an adult, I’m starting to realize all of the hard work that went into making those days not only fun but safe. The times are a little bit different now of course, so I think that it takes a bit of an updated view to plan accordingly for trick or treating. But with a little forethought, you can make Halloween just as fun as it was when you were a kid!
Light Up The Night
If you are headed out to trick or treat later in the evening, make sure that you have reflective or glow gear on and carry flashlights. There are some pretty amazing reusable options out there that are easy to incorporate into your Littles costume attire.
These slap glow bracelets are really fantastic and affordable. You can easily put this over any costume and they have a great variety of colors so you can match them to their costume color scheme. They are a great accessory for trick or treating safety.
These glow in the dark toddler safety harnesses are great for little ones that like to wander. No one wants to put their kid on a leash, but at events with large crowds of people it is better to be safe than sorry. These safety harnesses pull double duty by keeping your Little close and making sure that you are visible in the dark.
If you’d like to get your babe a little something special for her trick or treating outing, you can’t go wrong with these flashlights from Melissa & Doug. They have some really cute designs for both boys and girls and they are built to last. I honestly can’t say enough about this brand so be expected to hear me gush over them a lot during the history of this blog. (These flashlights are also great for sleepover outings and camping!)
Plan the Safest Route Before Hand
I know that we do not want to think about the people in the world who might want to do us harm. We go to great lengths to shield our children from this reality and at Halloween this shouldn’t be any different. I always think that it is a good idea to only Trick or Treat at the houses of people you already know but if this isn’t possible try to plan your route ahead of time.
You should always be sure to check the national sex offender list of any neighborhood that you plan on visiting. Try to choose a route that is well-lit and densely populated as there is safety in numbers. Don’t choose areas that are heavily populated with bars as Halloween tends to be a big night out for drinkers. For this same reason, choose areas that have clear sidewalks and street crossings.
For younger children, you can always take them to your local mall for some Halloween fun! Malls usually have a set time to distribute candy to kids and tend to advertise their festivities on their websites.
Check the Candy you Collect
Yep. I went there. You’ve heard it all before. Check every piece of candy that your child collects before letting them put themselves into a self-induced sugar coma. But seriously, anything that can be easily opened and wrapped back up is pretty much a no-no. Tootsie rolls, certain lollipops, etc. I would just toss. Most people know not to give this out for this very same reason but you can never be too careful.
Have the Safety Talk with your Kids
Halloween is a great time to review what the proper procedure is when talking to strangers. Remind your children that they should never talk to strangers without you present and that they should never tell a stranger their name. Make sure that your children know to scream for help and run if they are approached by a stranger that asks them to go with them. If they are lost, it is typically safer to seek the help of a woman over that of a man. (I’m not trying to throw in a stereotype here, it’s just statistics. )
Below I’ve included some free safety printables that you are free to use and distribute to friends and family. If you pin these to your kids while trick or treating they can ask for help without divulging too much personal information to strangers.
Hopefully these trick or treating safety tips will help you have a fun and safe holiday! Is there anything that you think that I left off this list? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time Kangas! Stay strong, radiate positivity and love fiercely!