You may feel a little apprehensive the first time that your child asks to take on the spookiest night of the year without you. The most common age that kids go trick-or-treating without a parent is ten years old.
If your child is feeling brave enough to face Halloween “horrors” of the night with friends, cover these safety tips with them to ensure their night is terrifying — not terrible.
Make costume safety adjustments
As kids grow older, their Halloween costumes often become scarier. The problem? A zombie can be a lot more difficult to see than the bright red of a Mario costume. A zombie costume may also come complete with a zombie mask, which can greatly limit your child’s visibility. No matter the costume your child chooses, work with them to make safety adjustments to it.
For example, suggest that the zombie used to be a construction worker. That means adding a bright neon vest with reflective tape for increased visibility. You can also choose to substitute masks with makeup. For the final touches, add a flashlight that fits the costume theme, such as a bat-signal flashlight or a ghostbusters flashlight.
Review trick-or-treat route and safety rules
Before sending your child off into the neighborhood, devise and review a route for your child to take. During their route, they should also stick to the following rules:
- Look both ways before crossing the street
- Do not run in the dark
- Look forward, not down at electronic devices
- Travel in a group at all times
- Do not enter an adult’s home or backyard — even if invited
Sort candy afterward
Once your child comes home, they’ll likely be interested in reviewing their collection. Sit down with your child to sort the candy, removing any items that are not wrapped or store-bought.
Reaching the end of Halloween night has most children and parents relieved. For parents, fears of letting your little one venture out are more than reasonable, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have found kids are twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween. If your child is injured on Halloween, talk to a lawyer about the incident. A personal injury attorney can help parents seek justice when negligence causes a child pain and suffering.