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Halloween Safety Tips for Children – How to Trick or Treat Safely

These Halloween safety tips for children will keep your kids safe while they trick or treat! This list of easy, effective things to do on October 31 are from parents, parenting coaches, and Halloween experts…

Before the tips, a quip:

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” ~  Anonymous.

More luck will be yours if you heed these easy Halloween safety tips while trick or treating ! The Kidz Bop Halloween CD is a fun compilation of Halloween music – it’s includes the Monster Mash, the Purple People Eater, Time Warp, and Who Let the Ghosts Out. Fun for all ages!

And, here’s the best advice for kids who trick or treat at Halloween, as well as some easy Halloween safety tips…

Halloween Safety Tips for Children – How to Trick or Treat Safely

Wear long underwear while trick or treating. “One of the greatest Halloween trick-or-treating tips I ever got was to have my kids wear their long underwear under their costumes,” says freelancer Dawn Albrecht. “We live in Wisconsin and it can be pretty cold for Halloween. My kids stay nice and toasty and don’t have to wear their jackets over their costumes.”

Hang Halloween stockings. “Halloween can be scary, so don’t “make” them go out if they don’t want to,” says Lesley Rackowski. “When my older son didn’t want to go out for Halloween when he was in kindergarten, I made Halloween stockings out of felt and hung them on the mantle.  When he got up on Halloween, it had some candy and a few other small treats in it.  He loved it so much, that we had Halloween stockings until both my sons were teenagers.”

Consider custom-made Halloween pillowcases. “A fun alternative for a trick-or-treat bag is a custom-made Halloween pillowcase that can be used as a trick-or-treat bag,” says Lesley. “My company, Pillowcasegram, now makes them. You can order the pillowcases now, put them on the beds for the month of October, and then on Halloween, use it as a trick-or-treat bag. I came up with this idea, because when we were growing up, someone put an ice cube in my brother’s paper trick-or-treat bag, and later in the evening, it got the bag so wet, that it broke.”

If your children are anxious, you may find Kids Scared of Halloween? How to Reduce Fear on October 31 helpful.

General Halloween Safety Tips for Children

Sharon Silver, of ProActive Parenting, offers these tips for kids at Halloween:

Introduce Halloween masks slowly. Parents need to know that Halloween masks are really scary for little people. So don’t be surprised if your children reacts when someone walks up to them in a mask, even if it’s someone they know. To a little child a mask can seem like someone is taking off their face!

Be patient with little ghouls. Try to be patient; your kids will get to the place where “scary” decorations are really cool. We have 10 homemade gravestones, a couple disembodied hands, and a scarecrow, but I never put most of that stuff out until the little ones have come and gone for the night. You’ll be able to enjoy all of that soon, just not so much with a toddler or a young preschooler – unless you want to risk the possibility of fears or nightmares!

Consider homemade Halloween costumes. Don’t spend too much money on costumes at this age because your child may announce at the last moment, “I don’t want to put it on” or “I don’t want to go out and trick or treat.”

Introduce the costume slowly. Practice by letting your child play in the costume for 15 minutes each day, then have them take their costume off. It will be hard to get them to take it off, but it’s better than risking a ripped costume. Mark the calendar to show them the day they’ll be able to have the costume and play with it forever.

Consider different types of Halloween parties. Try creating a different kind of Halloween during difficult developmental stages, if the kids are willing. Have a small party with friends and no costumes. Or have a pumpkin carving party with hot chocolate.

“Trick or treating” at home. Don’t forget that just answering the door on Halloween means looking at scary things too!

Introduce Halloween slowly. You can ask the neighborhood kids to come over dressed in their Halloween costumes a few days before Halloween, so your little ones can get a bit more used to their friends in their costume and won’t be as scared of them in the dark.

End your trick or treat adventures early. Be willing to come home after five minutes of trick or treating. Or be willing to carry your child so they are up at eye level and are less afraid.

Consider Halloween from a young perspective. Watch ET the Extra Terrestrial and see what Halloween looks like from a child’s point of view.

Easy Halloween Safety Tips for Kids Who Trick or Treat

Kim Estes, the Director of Education and Outreach at P.E.A.C.E of Mind (Parent Education And Child Empowerment), offers these easy Halloween safety tips for children.

  • Always use the buddy system when trick or treating.
  • Young kids need to be accompanied by a TRUSTED adult.
  • Know the homes of where your child will receive treats.
  • Demonstrate safety by approaching only well lit homes (inside and out).
  • Remind children to NEVER enter someone’s home without permission from their parents.
  • Stress to children they should never approach a vehicle (occupied or not).
  • Remind children and adults to stay alert and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
  • Teach (and practice!) how your child can “go bananas” if someone tries to grab them.
  • Review (and practice) your name address and phone number with your kids.

Did I miss any Halloween safety tips for kids who trick or treat? Please comment below…

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  1. Another safety tip parents may want to consider is knowing if there are any registered sex offenders in their neighborhood.

  2. About keeping young ghosts & goblins safe on Halloween – some great tips from parenting expert, author, & professor: Batman may be infallible on the big-screen, but he’s prone to injury when the man behind the mask is actually a little tyke trick-or-treating on Halloween. Keep your child safe by keeping these tips and ideas in mind during the upcoming ghoul season.

    • Help them choose costumes that allow for adequate vision and mobility. Plan ahead so that last-minute costume designs don’t lead to trips and falls. Is your kid a procrastinator? Give a reasonable deadline for dress-up decisions – and stick to it.

    • Flame resistant does not mean fireproof, so keep trick or treaters away from open flames. Do not use real fire as part of their costume – there are plenty of fake, flickering lights that can do just as good a job and won’t blow out in the wind.

    • Superheroes, pirates, cowboys and other weapon wielding wonders should carry props that are obviously fake and will not cause accidents and injury.

    • Older children and teens should be cautious about controversial costumes. Dressing like a rival gang-banger on the wrong turf can have disastrous consequences.

    • Trick or treat during daylight hours, or make sure at least part of your child’s costume is reflective so motorists can see them.

    • Be sure to plan the trick or treat route. Select homes you know. This is not the time for kids to boldly go where no kid has gone before.

    • Accompany young children and make sure older kids travel in groups. No child should trick or treat alone, even to the house next door.

    • Carry flashlights and a cell phone. Make sure the batteries are fresh before you leave the house. Better yet, take time beforehand to pop new batteries into the flashlights while the cell recharges.

    • Reinforce these safety measures before they head out:
    o Do not talk to or take anything from strangers.
    o Walk, don’t run
    o Follow pedestrian safety rules (use cross walks, obey traffic lights, etc.)
    o How to call home or 911 in case of emergency
    o How to ‘Stop-Drop-and-Roll” if their costume does catch on fire.
    o No bad behavior – no egg throwing, toilet paper hanging, graffiti, or any other creative mayhem.

    • Instruct children to not eat any of their booty until you inspect it. Minimize temptation by giving them nibbles from home to munch on along their route.

    • Use your booty inspection to ration the goodies and ward off bellyaches. You can also keep your own home safe for visiting ghouls and goblins:

    • Offer healthy alternatives to candy, such as popcorn. Choose treats that are pre-packaged. Other safety conscious moms will toss out unwrapped goodies, just as you will.

    • Turn on your outdoor lighting, and keep the walkways clear of toys and other safety hazards.

    • Keep the pets inside and away from the front door. The noise and sights can frighten pets, which may bolt and get lost. Candy can cause serious harm to pets, too, so keep all goodies out of their reach.

  3. Kids love stickers, blow bubbles, glow in the dark sticks and small novelty toys. Check out party favor items such as, pencils, bouncy balls, bead necklaces, even miniature card games, crayons, coloring books and crafts with a Halloween theme. Find these items and more ideas at award winning!