All children love Halloween. It is the one day where they can dress up like their favorite character and eat copious amounts of candy. As parents we enjoy watching our kids trick-or-treat and run around like a bunch of crazy animals. If you just moved to a new neighborhood, you should be cautious since you don’t know the area of neighbors very well. Below are some ideas you can use for trick-or-treating.
Only Trick-or-Treat at the Homes with Lights On
This is pretty common, however if you are new to a neighborhood you may not know who your neighbors are. Going to a house with the porch lights off may catch someone off guard or disturb someone who does not want to be disturbed. If your children are trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you relay that they follow this rule.
Do Not Let Your Children Go Unsupervised
Growing up we never had to worry about going out trick-or-treating and being kidnapped or hurt. Unfortunately our children face a different reality. Never let young children go trick-or-treating unsupervised. Especially if you are new to a neighborhood you want to make sure your children have fun, but you want them to be safe. Halloween is an active time for offenders. If you can’t supervise your children ask a neighbor or have your children trick-or-treat in a large group.
Children Should Always Say Thank You
Being new to a neighborhood, this can be a good opportunity to meet your neighbors. It is always important to make a good first impression. Make sure your children always say thank you when they receive their candy.
Always Inspect the Candy
Trying to keep children out to their candy is nearly impossible. So if your children want to break into their candy while trick-or-treating make sure you let them pick what they want, then inspect it to make sure it was not tampered with. When inspecting candy look for open wrappers, candy that may have been tampered, crushed, etc…
Avoid Dark Roads or Alleys
As a precaution you should never go down areas where it may be dark or you do not see any other people present. You never know who could be lurking in a dark alley waiting to do something nefarious. If you are not supervising your children make sure they know that they should avoid side roads, alleys and areas that have poor to no lights.
Map Out Your Route
This is more for individuals who may be new to the area. Know your route and how long you plan to stay out. Try not to deviate, unless you know exactly where you are going and how to get back.
Designated Trick-or-Treat Times
Many neighborhoods have designated trick-or-treat times. If you are in a neighborhood with older adults, you may need to trick or treat a little earlier to hit as many homes as possible before people start turning off their lights. If you live in an area where there are a good amount of younger families, you may have more time building your candy stash.
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