As always, Halloween is one of the best times of the year if you’re a kid! You can be anything you want for the day…a superhero, a villain, a star, or a witch. You get to go out with other kids and collect candy from all your neighbors, check out all the other children’s’ costumes, and likely have a party at school.
There are always scary stories about things that can happen on Halloween. Most of these stories have been around for decades. There’s a big difference between a scary story and a scary reality, though. We have to be diligent for our kids and for our neighbors’ kids, particularly in this day and age. I think we’re all aware of the scary clowns that have been sighted in several areas. Kids aren’t going to know the difference between a Halloween clown and a clown with more sinister motives. Sometimes, neither are you. It’s up to us to keep kids safe this Halloween.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Always go in groups and stay together. Keep an eye on each other.
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the other children and their parents; bring along some apple cider and enjoy the afternoon!
- Keep your costume safe. Be sure that you’re able to see well and short enough that your costume doesn’t drag on the ground and trip you. The costume material should be flame-resistant.
- Dress for the weather. It somehow always seems to be cold and rainy on Halloween. Make sure you are dressed warmly (either under or over your costume) and carry a hat and/or gloves in your bag in case you want them. If it’s darker out when you go, don’t forget to bring a flashlight with you!
- Make sure there’s a light on and don’t go to houses without light.
- Don’t ever go into somebody’s house! Stay on the porch to get candy.
- Don’t eat that candy until you have an adult check it. There’s always a risk of somebody tampering with candy, so always let an adult check it out for you before you eat it!
- Be very careful crossing the street. Look both ways and don’t try to rush in front of cars. If you’re the one driving, please be extra cautious and drive very slowly and carefully.
- Keep an eye on your surroundings. Be aware of what’s going on around you. Notice if there is somebody that doesn’t belong near you. If you see anything suspicious, let somebody know. You can either tell an adult at a house you are near, phone home, or phone the police (911) if you believe you are in danger.
Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!