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Trick or Treat: Tips to Keep Your Child Safe on Halloween

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Let’s face it – Halloween is nothing like it used to be. As kids, we had fun dressing up as funny characters or superheros, we were able to trick-or-treat with a fun group of neighbors and friends, and, of course adults were present.

To date, things are little over-emphasized. I will not go into detail, but let’s just say, you have to be EXTRA careful. I love the scary stuff because I know it is not real, but some people take it to the EXTREME! What do you think?

My son loves to go out and trick-or-treat in our neighborhood and I would not dare take that experience away from him because of all the “bad” people in the world. I want him to experience, explore and have a good time. Like me, there are other parents who live by the same creed, so I did some research and found these helpful tips (from safekids.org) that can help keep you and your little ones safe during your trick-or-treat trips:

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips#sthash.peJE1mIV.dpuf

What are you guys doing for Halloween? I went to one of my friends Halloween parties and dressed as a zombie! So fun! I will share images soon!

Smooches! ♥

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Veronica Green
Entertainment addict - yes! Celebrity gossip - NO! I blog about all things entertainment and lifestyle , which includes, but not limited to: new music, movies, TV shows, books, parenting, food, finance tips, etc. Blog Xpressions caters to and celebrates women! We like to empower, educate and enrich lives!
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