Tips for a safe and Happy Halloween
Halloween is a magical night where the world of make-believe comes alive for children, but it can also be a great time to practice good manners, good sense and good fun!
The Goddard School and Trampoline Learning provide essential tips for a safe and happy Halloween.
- Avoid masks that make seeing difficult. Opt for face paint instead.
- Be sure that children can walk easily in their costumes. Hem if necessary.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. While high heeled shoes are fancy, it’s easy to fall in them and little feet will tire quickly.
- Provide children with a glow stick or add reflective tape to their costumes so that they can be seen by cars as it gets dark.
- Plan your route so that children do not become overtired. Agree ahead of time about how many houses you will visit.
- Explain that children must stay with parents and that they should walk, not run from house to house.
- Take the opportunity to explain that normally children should not speak with strangers. Remind them that Halloween is a special time when it is alright for them to go door to door because you will be with them to keep them safe.
- Share your expectations about using good manners BEFORE you go out. Let children practice trick or treating at their own door a few times. Reward good trick or treating manners with a treat!
- Bring a flashlight to light the way.
- Start early before it gets dark.
- Be sure children are traveling in small groups accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Only go to houses where lights are on, preferably those in which you know the resident.
- Be respectful of people and property. Use sidewalks. Remind children that it is not polite to walk through gardens, hedges or across lawns.
- Cross only at intersections and crosswalks. Watch for moving vehicles.
- Be careful around lit candles in jack-o-lanterns.
- Ring the door bell or knock on the door only once.
- If you are with a group, wait patiently for your turn. No pushing or shoving!
- Say, “Trick or treat!” in a loud, clear voice.
- If you know the homeowner, greet them with, “Hello, Mr./Ms. ____.” Make eye contact as you speak.
- Be sure to say, “Thank you!” or “Happy Halloween!” once you have received your treat.
- If someone compliments you on your costume, remember to say, “Thank you.”
- Discard treats that are unwrapped, loosely wrapped, damaged or homemade.
- Limit the amount of candy your child can enjoy in one sitting. Agree on a number and stick to it.