364 days of the year we tell our kids, ‘Don’t take candy from strangers!’ And then on Halloween, we send them out to take candy from every stranger they can find. And we call our children confusing!
It used to be an extravaganza of creepy frivolity. Unfortunately, the bad guys of the world now require the hovering of helicopter parents checking for razors in their child’s candy
Instead of being part of the problem, here are four ways you can keep your child safe and make your neighborhood a fun place for Halloween.
4. Conduct Research
Parents should perform research on the targeted region or their own with an eye toward safety and candy-acquisition variables. A creepy house without decorations meets the bypass criteria, while a creepy house because it is highly decorated and people are in the spirit is a target of opportunity.
We are quite good friends with the neighbors on the block, and we package special, big treats in closed paper bags for each other’s kids, complete with name, phone number written on the front. As an extra precaution, you could even distribute special stickers for the people on your block to use to ensure they were the givers of the treat bags.
3. Know The Objective
Violence of action is key to a tactical victory. On Halloween night encourage your child to know the objective but also make sure they aren’t a jerk. If you come up to a house that doesn’t want to interact with the public and leaves a bowl of candy on the porch, just take one, don’t be greedy.
Only visit houses that have lights on. Not everyone enjoys Halloween’ talk about and respect the differences in people’s views! Stress the importance of them staying on that route, so if something does happen there’s a chance of finding them!
Instead of being the parent crying to the media, your town, or school district to ban the dangerous items for Halloween, be an active contributor to the fun and safety precautions in your neighborhood. Dress up with your kid.
Kids should be accompanied by adults at all times. If its hard to keep track of which are yours? Try dressing up in group-themed costumes. Stress the importance of not splitting up. If someone wants to go home, EVERYONE should walk him home before continuing to trick or treat.
1. Route Security
Avoid highways, railroad tracks, or cemeteries, particularly pet cemeteries. For the older candy scouts, have them back brief you on their routes and call in regular checkpoints. The mission isn’t over until everyone is home on the couch eating candy.