Get Your Parent’s Permission. Never, ever go into a strangers house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it’s okay. There are some people in life that aren’t very nice to kids and you have to be careful. Always make sure that your mom or dad is within sight when you go out trick-or-treating.
Be Careful When Crossing the Street. Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it’s okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.
Keep Your Parents in the Loop. If you are an older kid or young teen, and going out with friends, make sure that your parents know where you are going and who you are going with. This may seem like a pain but they are your parents and they love you. They just want you to be safe.
Respect the Curfew. If you parents give you a curfew, be home when they say. It builds trust between you and them and they are doing it for your own safety. If you are going to be late, call them and let them know.
Don’t Vandalize. Vandalism is never cool! Throwing eggs at cars and houses is not cool. Someone has to clean it up and it could be you, if you get caught. You can also be arrested and punished as a juvenile. So, don’t think that it’s fun only if you can get away with it. It’s never the right thing to do! Think about how you would feel if someone did that to your house and how bad it would make you feel.
Know Where Your Kids Are at All Times. If you take your kids to a sponsored event (like a safe Halloween thrown by your church or community center) make sure to keep an eye on them at all times. It might seem less dangerous, but you are still in a strange environment full of people that you don’t know. It only takes is a minute with your back turned to find your child gone.
Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Also, ensure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
Eat a Filling Dinner Before Trick-or-Treating. Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won’t be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check. Check your local grocery store or craft store for Halloween cook books full of tasty treats on a horror theme for both kids and adults.
Use Cell Phones. Nowadays almost everyone seems to have a cell phone as they are more affordable then ever. If your child has one, make sure that it is pre-programmed if they go out on Halloween night! Also, make sure that all your family’s important numbers are saved and ready for use.
Choose a Safe Costume. 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.
Set a Curfew & Prevent Vandalism. Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by. Let them know how important it is to be home on time, or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
Kids will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny, but vandalism is illegal, not to mention the clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. If your children are caught vandalizing, have them clean up the mess they’ve made.