How to Have a Safe, but Scary Halloween
Halloween is a great time of the year when we can all get dressed up in our scary outfits for a night of fun. Whether it’s going out with friends and knocking on neighbors’ doors with the familiar trick or treat question, hosting the annual party for friends and family or attending a party, we all know how to make the night memorable.
Of course, if you have children you will find that they will want to head out to collect their sweets and play tricks on people. In which case, you as the dutiful parent will have to go with them to ensure that they stay safe during the evening. Read on to find out how you can still have a fun and scary Halloween, while still remaining safe at the same time.
1. Safety in numbers: Before heading out it is important that you know how many of your child’s friends will be going with you. This way you can keep a head count during the night and will know if you’ve left someone behind. It is also a good idea to consider taking a couple of adults along too, so that there are more eyes keeping an eye on what everyone is doing.
2. Don't let them stray: If, for whatever reason, you want to let you child go out on Halloween with just their friends without any parental supervision, but you don't want them to stray too far, you should put into place an area that they can go to that is not far from where they live. By letting them go out by themselves it shows that you trust them, but want them to remain within the set perimeters for their own safety too.
3. Staying aware of your surroundings: Halloween is an exciting time, which can often mean that most people forget to remain aware of what is going on around them. For this reason, it is important that when you and your family are out this Halloween that you are aware of what's going on around you. If you notice someone acting in a strange manner or you don't recognize someone in your neighborhood, report it. It's better to be safe than sorry.
4. Reiterate the danger of strangers: Knowing who could be a potential threat is not something that can't be easy to spot. After all, a person who is friendly and inviting can just as easily be a predator hiding their true colors. In order to be safe, make sure that your children are aware of the dangers that lurk outside from potential predators. While not everyone is a threat you should have steps in place for them, so that they can stay safe at all times. For example, explain to them that using their voice can be a powerful deterrent as it alerts people of something going on, thus scaring the threatening individual away.
These are just some of the ways in which you can ensure that your children remain safe on one of the most popular festivities of the year. Halloween should be a time when friends and family can get together to enjoy themselves and knowing that they are safe will only help to make the evening more memorable.
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