Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips Every Parent Should Know
by Lisiane Jimenez, M.A., School-Based Mental Health Therapist
SARASOTA COUNTY, October 25, 2019 – As a school-based mental health therapist and the mother of two teenagers, I have put a lot of thought into Halloween and trick-or-treating safety over the years. All of us have heard horror stories of how children have eaten toxic candy or treats loaded with a strategically placed razor blades - truly horrifying tales for any parent! However, after doing a bit of research my understanding is that these malicious acts don’t happen often.
Nevertheless, it is always important to have some safety measures in place. I have compiled a brief list of the steps I take every year to ensure that my children are safe. Now that they are old enough, I make sure we discuss these rules prior to going out so they can also be an active participant in our safety process.
Establish rules, expectations and emergency procedures with the children prior to going trick-or-treating
Always make sure there is at least one or more adults walking with the children.
Have the children remain together in a group as they go to different homes.
Make sure all trick-or-treating areas are well-lit.
Ensure that your child has some form of ID and emergency cell phone numbers on-hand in case they get lost.
Make sure your child can be easily seen, and can see, the safe adult in the dark.
Ensure that you child’s treats are safe to eat by closely inspecting each item when returning home.
For most children, Halloween is something they look forward to all year long so always make sure to have lots of fun! Happy Halloween!