Halloween is one week away. I can’t imagine the excitement building up in your children as Halloween aka candy day approaches. Is this your child’s first year going without you? Or are you the official parent that hovers on the sidewalk waiting. Do you check all their candy? And I don’t mean by chewing it yourself first. Below are some quick Halloween safety tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that will make your Halloween the most fun. Before you read theirs, listen to mine. Use your instinct. Trust your gut. That universal energy that flows through all of us and gets us where we want to go, sometimes magically, is to be honored and trusted. If you see someone and your stomach turns, move away from them. If you walk towards a house something about it doesn’t feel right, walk past it. Will you make the time to have this conversation with your children or will you blame everyone but yourself if something happens. Trust your gut. Talk to your children before Halloween.
TEN THINGS PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE HALLOWEEN SAFER
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Tells Parents
How They Can Build Safety into Halloween this Year
- CHOOSE bright, flame-retardant costumes or add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark. In addition, carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- PLAN a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated, or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.
- NEVER send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children should always travel in groups.
- ALWAYS walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
- BE SURE children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
- DISCUSS basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.
- CONSIDER organizing a home or community party as an alternative to “trick-or-treating.”
- MAKE sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated. Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
- TEACH children to say “NO!” or “this is not my mother/father” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. And teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
- REMIND children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.
Knowledge is power and knowing what to do in a situation involving a possible child abduction is extremely important in this day and age. If you or your school are ever looking for school assembly ideas to assist you in teaching your child what to do in a stranger situation we offer a powerful “Outsmart the Stranger” assembly program that can be brought into your home, school, troop or camp. Click on the following link school assembly ideas to learn more about the programs.We hope you have a wonderful rest of the school year. Stay safe and take care.
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