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Safety First – No Tricks, Just Treats!

Safety First – No Tricks, Just Treats!

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween already?? That means the official start of the Holiday Season; bring on all of that crazy wonderful, and let the good times roll!

Halloween is so fun for little kids. There’s the costumes, walking around at night (okay…dusk), walking up to strangers and asking for candy and having it be okay, and then there’s the inevitable sugar coma that is sure the ensue at some point! What’s not to love?? All of this is bound to lead to a good time. 

With any good time, you might want to consider some rules. Rules are okay for a good time, right? Rules make a good time GOOD (or is it just me that thinks that? Am I crazy?)! Let’s call them “common sense thoughts” instead of “rules.” An example of a “common sense thought” is not wearing white pants once you become a mom… because goodness know you have years of poop and booger stains, finger paint finger prints, and grass stains from running around in the yard coming your way. Calling these “common sense thoughts” makes it feel more natural and practical; after all, trick or treating with children is much easier when a little thought goes into it instead of flying by the seat of your pants!

Here are a few “common sense thoughts” on how to be safe on Halloween so that fun naturally ensues.

  1. Go in a Group

Think about it – if you have more than one kiddo in your trick-or-treating group, it might be hard to keep track of everyone once the merriment commences. Chances are, there will be tons of kids around who have all already started taste testing their candy, they’re going to be NUTS, and your kiddo may well just be one of them! It can be hard to keep track of everyone in this type of environment, so going in a group is a good idea – and the more adults the better!

  1. Watch Your Kids as They Go Up to Houses

We hate to sound scary, even though it is the “scary” season, but you never know. Watch your kiddo as they are chanting, “Trick-or-Treat” and keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the neighborhood. This is especially important is you aren’t in your usual neighborhood where you know everyone and are comfortable with your surroundings. Maybe you decided to go to the fancy neighborhood because you know they pass out King-Sized Snickers bars (this is a FABULOUS idea, btw!). It’s a great place to be, but you might be unfamiliar there. Just keep an eye on those kids to make sure everyone is okay. Everything is most likely going to be fine, and this could definitely be an overreaction, but better safe than sorry.

  1. Stay Visible

There are a few ways to look at this. You can choose an area that is well lit with tons of street lights. You can put a few pieces of reflective tape on the costumes and/or on the wagon you’re using to cart your kiddos around. Or better yet, go trick-or-treating before the sun completely goes down. You’re taking people with little legs for a very long and exciting walk that includes candy and talking to new people. Trick-or-Treating early could be a key element in less tantrums.

Whatever you decide to do, remaining visible to passersby and motorists is a good idea. We don’t want anyone getting hurt because no one could see them!

  1. Inspect Cady

While it might seem highly unlikely that someone would tamper with candy, it can happen. There are stories swirling around Facebook seemingly all the time where someone did something just to be a jerk. Did you see the one where someone rigged fishing hooks into baby swings so they would get cut? Or where someone stuck razor blades into a slide? Why would anyone do this?? Who knows; but if there are crazies out there who would do something like that, what’s to stop someone from tampering with Halloween candy?

Just look over everything; make sure all of the wrappers are intact and that you don’t see any little holes in the candy. When in doubt, throw it out!

Also think about what is age appropriate for your kiddo. Should a two year old be chewing Double Bubble Gum? Probably not. Besides, this means that YOU get to chew that delicious piece of rubber. You can also use the, “You’re too young for this kind of candy” line on pretty much any piece of candy you want. ;)

  1. Don’t Stress and Have Fun!

This is STILL a safety tip – don’t worry! It’s a safety tip because stressing out can lead to b

Safety First – No Tricks, Just Treats!

By Audra W. Harris

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween already?? That means the official start of the Holiday Season; bring on all of that crazy wonderful, and let the good times roll!

Halloween is so fun for little kids. There’s the costumes, walking around at night (okay…dusk), walking up to strangers and asking for candy and having it be okay, and then there’s the inevitable sugar coma that is sure the ensue at some point! What’s not to love?? All of this is bound to lead to a good time. 

With any good time, you might want to consider some rules. Rules are okay for a good time, right? Rules make a good time GOOD (or is it just me that thinks that? Am I crazy?)! Let’s call them “common sense thoughts” instead of “rules.” An example of a “common sense thought” is not wearing white pants once you become a mom… because goodness know you have years of poop and booger stains, finger paint finger prints, and grass stains from running around in the yard coming your way. Calling these “common sense thoughts” makes it feel more natural and practical; after all, trick or treating with children is much easier when a little thought goes into it instead of flying by the seat of your pants!

Here are a few “common sense thoughts” on how to be safe on Halloween so that fun naturally ensues.

  1. Go in a Group

Think about it – if you have more than one kiddo in your trick-or-treating group, it might be hard to keep track of everyone once the merriment commences. Chances are, there will be tons of kids around who have all already started taste testing their candy, they’re going to be NUTS, and your kiddo may well just be one of them! It can be hard to keep track of everyone in this type of environment, so going in a group is a good idea – and the more adults the better!

  1. Watch Your Kids as They Go Up to Houses

We hate to sound scary, even though it is the “scary” season, but you never know. Watch your kiddo as they are chanting, “Trick-or-Treat” and keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the neighborhood. This is especially important is you aren’t in your usual neighborhood where you know everyone and are comfortable with your surroundings. Maybe you decided to go to the fancy neighborhood because you know they pass out King-Sized Snickers bars (this is a FABULOUS idea, btw!). It’s a great place to be, but you might be unfamiliar there. Just keep an eye on those kids to make sure everyone is okay. Everything is most likely going to be fine, and this could definitely be an overreaction, but better safe than sorry.

  1. Stay Visible

There are a few ways to look at this. You can choose an area that is well lit with tons of street lights. You can put a few pieces of reflective tape on the costumes and/or on the wagon you’re using to cart your kiddos around. Or better yet, go trick-or-treating before the sun completely goes down. You’re taking people with little legs for a very long and exciting walk that includes candy and talking to new people. Trick-or-Treating early could be a key element in less tantrums.

Whatever you decide to do, remaining visible to passersby and motorists is a good idea. We don’t want anyone getting hurt because no one could see them!

  1. Inspect Cady

While it might seem highly unlikely that someone would tamper with candy, it can happen. There are stories swirling around Facebook seemingly all the time where someone did something just to be a jerk. Did you see the one where someone rigged fishing hooks into baby swings so they would get cut? Or where someone stuck razor blades into a slide? Why would anyone do this?? Who knows; but if there are crazies out there who would do something like that, what’s to stop someone from tampering with Halloween candy?

Just look over everything; make sure all of the wrappers are intact and that you don’t see any little holes in the candy. When in doubt, throw it out!

Also think about what is age appropriate for your kiddo. Should a two year old be chewing Double Bubble Gum? Probably not. Besides, this means that YOU get to chew that delicious piece of rubber. You can also use the, “You’re too young for this kind of candy” line on pretty much any piece of candy you want. ;)

  1. Don’t Stress and Have Fun!

This is STILL a safety tip – don’t worry! It’s a safety tip because stressing out can lead to being too rigid, and then it might feel like EVERYTHING is going wrong. This is a HOLIDAY so have FUN! Your littles are only going to be little for so long. They will never be this tiny at Halloween again.

 

Have so much fun this Halloween, my friends and take lots of pictures! Please share your experiences and costumes with us in the comments. If you still haven’t decided on a costume, hop over to our shop and find something you like! We have so many cute original costume ideas, especially if you love ruffles and tutus as much as we do!

Have fun, be safe, and have a “spook”tacular Halloween!

 

Audra Harris is a freelance writer and a teacher turned stay at home mom. You can read about all of her misadventures and parenting ideas on her own blog:
suddenlystayinhome.wordpress.com.

 

 

eing too rigid, and then it might feel like EVERYTHING is going wrong. This is a HOLIDAY so have FUN! Your littles are only going to be little for so long. They will never be this tiny at Halloween again.

 

Have so much fun this Halloween, my friends and take lots of pictures! Please share your experiences and costumes with us in the comments. If you still haven’t decided on a costume, hop over to our shop and find something you like! We have so many cute original costume ideas, especially if you love ruffles and tutus as much as we do!

Have fun, be safe, and have a “spook”tacular Halloween!

 

Audra Harris is a freelance writer and a teacher turned stay at home mom. You can read about all of her misadventures and parenting ideas on her own blog:
suddenlystayinhome.wordpress.com.

 

 

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