Many of us remember back when as kids nobody worried about our safety on Halloween. But times have changed and it’s essential that we watch out for our children and keep them safe while they’re out trick-or-treating. Taylor Morrison has put together some safety tips for ensuring a safe Halloween for your kids.
- Be sure costumes are fire-resistant and fit properly to avoid tripping. Check masks to determine that visibility will be good. Remind kids to not get close to lit candles, even if their costumes are resistant to fire.
- Even if you’re a resident of sunny Southern California and own a new home in Yorba Linda, it still gets dark early. Be sure your kids will be seen by putting reflective tape or stickers on their costumes and bags. Also give them flashlights or glow sticks to carry.
- Don’t let children under 12 go trick-or-treating without an adult. If they’re old enough to go kids-only, have them walk in groups and know who they’re with and where they’re going.
- Doesn’t matter where you live, street safety is important. Steiner Ranch in Austin is a wonderful neighborhood, for instance, but kids still need to be reminded to look both ways before crossing the street and to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible.
- Remind kids to not take rides with strangers, trick-or-treat only at well-lit houses, and never enter a home unless a trusted adult is present.
- At the end of the evening, examine your tricksters’ treats for candy that’s been tampered with. Homemade treats should be tossed unless someone you know handed them out.