Halloween is just around the corner and between the candy, costumes, and children it is a fun-filled time for both kids and adults. I love handing out candy to the neighborhood kids and looking at their costumes, but as a mom, I can’t help but to cringe when I see a costume clad kid dart across the street without looking both ways in order to score some free candy. It scares me to death.

So here are some tips for both parents and kids in order to keep your Halloween experience a treat:


  • Never go to a strangers door alone. Always make sure you can see the adult you’re with and the adult can see you.
  • Never go inside of anyone’s house.
  • Don’t approach any cars, occupied or not.
  • Look both ways when crossing the street and always cross at a corner or a crosswalk.
  • Don’t eat any treats until they have been inspected and gone through by an adult.


  • Make sure your child’s costume is visible in the dark. Attach reflective tape to the costume if necessary.
  • Make sure the child’s costume fits properly. Make sure it is big enough to be able to wear long layers underneath if necessary but small enough as to where it doesn’t pose a tripping hazard.
  • Skip the masks. They often obstruct the child’s visual field which can pose a hazard when crossing the street. Use kid-friendly face paint/makeup instead.
  • Provide each child with a bright flashlight or LED Trick-or-Treat bag.
  • Check their candy. I know it sounds silly but it’s the truth. The chances of your child tripping over their shoes and getting hurt are greater than them receiving tainted candy, but why take the risk?

Halloween can absolutely be a fun-filled night for both parents and children. Take the extra 5 minutes to ensure your child knows the “rules” for having a safe time.