Are you stuck on "unknown houses" too? Good, you should be!
Safety should be one of your top priorities on Halloween night.
Below are some of my personal safety tips:
- Go with your kids. Don't just cut your kids loose for the night. It doesn't matter that your 8 year-old will be with a large group, kids that age shouldn't be wandering about at night alone regardless of the event taking place.
- Stay away from houses that are unlit. If it's dark, don't go there. Period.
- Never enter the home you knock at. Candy should be brought to the door. Do not let your child go inside to get it.
- Never eat candy without inspecting it. Think needles and such are a thing of the past? Think again. Just last year, one town over from mine, kids were finding razors and shards of glass in their candy. Sick people exist and they seem to like Halloween.
- Teach your kids not to give out their names. If the person giving out candy wants a name before the treat then just leave that house - your child's name, age, school, address, phone number, best friend, bus number, walking route, or anything else like that is not ever needed for candy.
- Dress your kids appropriately. This world is full of weirdos that prey on innocent children, why on earth would you want to give them more fuel for their fire? Costumes do not need to be revealing. If the word "sexy" comes to mind when looking at your child's costume then you need to change it and change it now. There's plenty of time for your kids to grow up, so do your best to make sure it doesn't happen on Halloween night.
Yep, I know those aren't the usual don't wear a mask, take a flashlight, wear reflective clothing type of tips. I understand that they are the type of tips that generally make parents cringe. But this is the kind of world we live in. Kids go missing every day. Horrible acts are committed. We must be proactive when it comes to protecting our precious little ones.
Be safe. Be alert. Make good choices.