Halloween is quickly approaching and it is a safe bet that your children are highly anticipating the opportunity to dress up and go door-to-door for candy. Below are some quick tips to ensure that your child’s trick-or-treat experience is both a fun and safe one:
Have a Plan
- Before Halloween arrives, sit down with your kids and talk about your plan for the evening. Where do you plan on going? How many houses will you visit? Talk to your children about the do’s and the don’ts and anything else you want them to know in order to stay safe. This is a great time to review the rules of the road with your children.
Know the Rules of the Road
- Make sure your child knows how to use crosswalks and traffic signals appropriately when crossing the street.
- Teach your child to look both ways before crossing. A good rule of thumb: “Look left, look right, look left again.”
- Always use sidewalks. If the neighborhood your children are trick-or-treating in does not have a sidewalk, teach them to walk facing traffic as far to the left of the road as possible.
- Remind your child never to dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Add reflective tape/stickers to costumes and candy bags, and wear light colored costumes, if possible.
- Make sure costumes are not too long in order to prevent tripping, and wear comfy, well-fitting shoes.
- Give your child a glow stick or flashlight so they can better see their surroundings, and so drivers can better see them.
- Avoid masks, if possible. Non-toxic face paint or makeup will be less obstructive to your child’s line of vision.
Know Which Homes to Visit
- Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
- Remain on well-lit streets that you and your children are familiar with.
- Your child should never have to enter a home or a car for candy.
Save Time and Visit Malls, Office Buildings, and/or Retailers
- By visiting malls, office buildings, and retailers, you can save time and maximize candy earnings. If you prefer more brightly lit, temperature controlled areas and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the sidewalks, this might be a good option for you – especially if your children are very young. Plus, many of these locations offer more than just candy earnings – crafts, fun and games, and interactive decorations can make visiting one of these locations a fun and new family tradition.
Don’t forget to add Apple Roofing’s Lincoln Headquarters at 4833 N 32nd St to your trick-or-treat map this Halloween. This free community trick-or-treat event is open to the community and features office-to-office trick-or-treating from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, October 27th. Plus, participate in the candy corn guessing game for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!