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Keeping your Kids Safe While Trick-or-Treating

 We all love to take our kids out to “Trick-or-Treat” right?

They are so excited and ready to run, and well, for me that leads to anxiety.

I mean really… hyped up kids all dressed in costumes running around in the streets in the dark!  If your kids are a bit older, you know what I mean.

So every year, we go through a simple list of easy things to help keep the kids safe while they are out gathering their goodies.

 

1. Buddy System-Go with a group and make sure everyone has a partner

2. Reflective Tape/Glow Necklaces-Head to the Dollar Store and load up on glow necklaces and bracelets and make your kids highly visible.

3. Flashlights-Arm them with flashlights

4. Whistle-Hang a whistle around their neck, even if they blow it the entire time, at least you know where they are.

5. Know your route-plan ahead so if your kids get ahead of you, you are all headed the same direction.

6. Know your neighborhood-Only visit neighborhoods you are familiar with and trust.

7. Set up a meeting spot-Know where you are going to end if you get separated.

8. Cell Phone-Even if you have to borrow one, give your kid a cell phone in to contact you if you get separated or they need something urgent.

9. Think of Alternative Venues-If you don’t have a safe place to visit, consider community events or daytime events.

10. Wear good shoes-Your kids are going to run, make sure they have on good tennis shoes for movin’ fast and pin up any long, dragging articles of clothing.

 

These are just a few tips that we live by, but the BIGGEST tip I have is SUPERVISION!  Never just set them loose on their own.  Always be one step behind if you can’t keep up!

 

Happy Halloween and Safe Trick-or-Treating! 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother and social media junkie. Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for travel and wine. You can find her writing at Back Porch Somm as well. She works with a local digital marketing agency and as a Dental Hygienist, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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