Trick or Treat Safety

Trick or Treat is a fun time for everyone involved. Here are some tips for a fun and safe Halloween. Whether you are planning to go out for the whole night or 30 minutes, plan your route. Making a map can be a fun activity to do with your child to prepare them for the night ahead. Be sure to clearly set out the expectations for the night and the rules that need to be followed. Reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights are fun and easy ways to help ensure that others can see you if they are driving down the road. For younger children, we highly recommend bringing a wagon or stroller in case they get tired of walking or carrying their candy–this can also help avoid meltdowns. If your child does have a meltdown, be sure to have some calming strategies for on the go; such as, fidgets, stress balls, water, a preferred snack, or any calming strategies your child may use. It is best that someone go with your child up to the door of each house, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. At the end of the night, be sure to check your child’s candy before allowing them to dig into their stash. Remove and opened wrapped candy, and be careful for any homemade goodies if your child has allergies or you do not know where they came from.

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