As a parent, I always worry about my children, but Halloween can pose a special danger. All parents have heard the stories of poisoned or drugged candy; even razor blades pushed into chocolate or apples. Such horror tales are enough to scare any parent. I was especially worried the first time I took my daughter out on a dark Halloween. Other dangers, besides possible poison candy, also exist when you let your child wonder the dark streets at night. You should always prepare your child for the unknowns that Halloween night can bring.
We had only recently moved to a big city and I knew no one. At first, I wanted to just take my daughter only to the local malls that were handing out what I considered 'safe' candy. Unfortunately, my daughter had other ideas. She said she wanted to go to houses, not the 'stupid mall'. I hesitated at first. I didn't know where to go that was a safe neighborhood.
Here are the steps that I took to ensure that my daughter had a safe and enjoyable Halloween experience.
After my daughter made her demand to trick or treat the dark, unknown streets of the city, I set out on a quest to learn the neighborhoods. My daughter and I went for walks down the winding streets. When I would see someone outside working in their yard, I would make an effort to say hello, so I could become familiar with the people that lived along the streets we would be traversing at night. I also wanted my daughter to be familiar with the area in case she should become separated in the dark.
2) Standout Costume
I purchased my daughter a fluorescent costume that stood out in the dark. I knew it would be easy for motorists to see, and for me to keep an eye on her. I also purchased her a necklace that lights up in the dark. I made sure she had a small flashlight tucked in her pocket. I also took similar precautions to ensure that we both stood out in the darkness. The streets are often quite busy on Halloween night. If my daughter should inadvertently step out into the dark street, I wanted the drivers to clearly see her.
My daughter wanted to wear a mask, so I made sure it fit her face well. I wanted her to see clearly out the holes, be able to breath comfortably and feel no painful pinches from the mask. An ill-fitting mask can pose a danger if your child cannot see a car or other children.
Halloween is a fun of year if you help your child stay safe. You will also worry less about your little one if you know that you have both followed all of the safety measures. A few Halloween safety considerations will provide the whole family with peace of mind.
Prior to Halloween, call the local hospital and ask if they offer free x rays of candy. Scoff if you will, but many hospitals offer just such a service during Halloween and they do not charge a dime. You should also tell your child to never eat the candy until he has brought it safely home for inspection. Always look over the candy and make sure it has not been opened or tampered with.