Top 5 Safety Tips For Halloween

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TOP 5 SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

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It's the most SPOOKTACULAR Time of the year! 

I don't know about you, but I still get excited about Halloween.  Yes, my kids are grown and I no longer have to make my house spooky, or get to have fun deciding on costumes, or walk around the neighborhoods trick or treating.  And yes, I always brought my own special Halloween pillow case for candy.  I am one of THOSE parents! :D

These days, I put my porch light on to let the trick-or- treaters know we're giving out candy here and enjoy watching the little faces light up with excitement on this one night of the year when they can play dress up AND eat an obscene amount of candy!  Next to Christmas, this is the most favorite holiday for both kids and adults alike.

We all remember from our childhood a lot of the safety tips our parents insisted we followed.  All of those are important to remember.  However, a lot has changed too and here are some good and tried old safety tips and few to keep in mind with the current times. 

SAFETY TIP #1: KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE.

Trick-or-treating can get exhausting and confusing really quick if you don't have a solid plan on where you're going.  A lot of people tend to stay in their own subdivision or neighborhood and walk up one side of the street and down the other on the way back.  But if you're planning on hopping from one fun spot to another, find out in advance where you can safely park your car close enough in case those little legs get tired and you end up carrying your Fairy Princess or a Scary Ghoul.  Knowing where you're going to be also helps avoiding getting lost or separated.

SAFETY TIP #2: DISCREET ID CARDS FOR YOUR KIDS.

With all the crowds and excitement of candy, things might get a little chaotic.  Things do happen even with a parent being the most vigilant.  Just in case you do get separated during Trick-or-Treating it's a good idea to make an ID card and pin it under the costume of your child.  

SAFETY TIP #3: STAY HYDRATED.

Most people remember the obvious of dressing comfortable and preparing for the weather.  The one thing they do forget is to bring plenty of water along with them for all that walking around.  And it helps to wash down that occasional candy (after you've inspected it of course) if either you or your child wants a little treat before getting home and diving into all that Halloween loot!

SAFETY TIP #4: DON'T FORGET YOUR CELL PHONE.

These days our cell phones are practically glued to our hands but it's still good to check you have it on you in case you get separated or lost.  If your child is going to Trick-or-Treating without you, make sure they have a cell phone on them so you can stay connected, check on them and call you in case of emergency.

SAFETY TIP #5: KEEP YOUR OWN HOME SAFE.

Halloween is an exciting and fun time but it can also leave your home vulnerable to burglars.  Make sure to take all the safety precautions if you're going out with your kids.  Turn your alarm and motion sensors on.  Lock all the doors and windows.  If your neighbors are staying in and giving out candy, let them know you'll be out trick-or-treating and nobody will be home.  Even in the safest neighborhoods, it's easy for a criminal to gain access to an unsecured home during such crowded events.

MOST OF ALL REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!!!

And yes, check the candy, watch for kids if you're driving around, pay attention to your surroundings, eat the candy, don't go Clark Griswold on your house decorations, have your kids carry glow sticks and make sure their costumes are fire retardant.  And finally, EAT MORE CANDY!

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