Kids love Halloween, it's a perfect holiday!
This Halloween make sure to keep an eye on the kids at all times. Cell phones are everywhere, everyone seems to have one. Make sure that your child has a pre-programmed cell phone with him/her if they go out and be sure that all important numbers are already there and ready for use.
Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they'll carry on the tradition that you taught them to their own families some day! If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can. Know the route your kids will be taking, and let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Explain to them as simply as you can the potential for danger. Advise them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.
Help your young child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure that it's fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If they are wearing a mask of any kind make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Select costumes that won't get in the way when they are walking, which could cause them to trip and cause injury.
Be sure to show your children know how to cross a street properly. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child when they cross a street.
Get on the internet and check your local state website for sex offenders. Almost every state has one, just do a search for your state sex offender site. Look up your zip code and it should have a list of registered offenders in your area that includes street addresses. Make sure that your kids stay away from these houses!
Having a fun and safe Halloween will make it all worth while!
These tips are intended to serve as suggestions for basic safety practices. No warranty, guarantee, or representation is made as to the accuracy or sufficiency, express or implied, regarding the information and is intended to provide basic guidelines for safe practices using common sense.