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!
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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.
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- 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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