Some of us have kids that are just hitting the age where they want to go out trick-or-treating by themselves. From the parental side of things, this can be a little scary. To help take some of the stress off your mind, try out these little tips.
Make up a set of ground rules. Have a set time when your kids have to be back make sure they know the areas that they’re allowed to go, and where not to go; don’t stray away from your group of friends; etc.
Remind them to stay on the sidewalks, cross streets only at corners and crosswalks, and double check no cars are coming before crossing.
If your kids don’t already have their own, loan them your cell phone in case of emergency and so they can check in.
If they’re going out after dark, make sure they have glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets or flashlights so that they’re easily visible.
Make sure your kids know what the candy-consumption rules are before heading out, to avoid arguing and upset when they get home with their loot.
Halloween has a tendency to also bring out the crazies, so a refresher lesson in Stranger Danger may be in order.
If your kids have any allergies, remember to send them out with their medicine, just in case they dip into their stash early, and eat the wrong thing.
Even though you’ll still be worrying about your kids the whole time they’re out, try to have fun handing out Halloween candy at home or having a little Halloween get together of your own. We hope these tips help to alleviate some of your fears, and allow everyone to have a happy and safe Halloween, this season!