Fall means cooler temperatures, beautiful fall colors, apple and pumpkin picking, and building excitement as Halloween approaches. We love Halloween and all of the pre-holiday prep that goes into from deciding on costumes, procuring items to wear, and choosing candy in preparation for the Halloween night. As the sun sets and costumes are being put on, we always make sure that our kids know the rules for the night to help them stay safe.
Here are five ways you can ensure that your family stays safe while trick or treating.
Talk to your child to plan their costume. Costumes should be short enough so kids won’t trip over them. Opt for face paint rather than a mask or eyewear that could obscure their view. Ensure that any hats don’t cover their eyes. Any costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. Make sure your child can manage carrying an accessory with their treat bag so you don’t get stuck holding it for the entire night.
Plan to go with a group of friends. Trick or treating is always more fun with others but there’s also safety in numbers. If tweens balk at the idea of parental supervision, plan to have one or two parents go with the group and hang back on the sidewalk as they ring doorbells to help them maintain their cool factor.
Carry a flashlight or wear a glow stick while walking around. Besides trick or treat bags, one of the items that our kids always reach for are the Glow Sticks. We love these because the light stays illuminated as long as it’s on so they can be easily seen by others and cars as they cross the street. With a handy lanyard that goes around their neck, their hands are also free. There’s no fumbling around as they ring doorbells, hold treat bags, and accept candy from our neighbors.
Trick or treat on one side of the street at a time. When the sun goes down, visibility also drops and running across the street in the middle of the block to get to house from house just isn’t safe. Talk to kids about crossing at intersections and looking both ways before crossing the street to allow motorists to see them.
Check all candy before consuming. While it’s always tempting to eat as you go, take some time to take a look at the packaging to make sure that candy is in a sealed package before eating it. Once everyone gets home, encourage your children to dump their hauls out on the kitchen table. Tell your kids to look for any unwrapped pieces of candy or anything where the package is open and to throw it away as they sort and trade with sibling. It also gives you the chance to glance over any questionable piece of candy that may have come home.
To help you stay safe this Halloween, Rayovac is offering two discounts on products purchased from their website that will help kids stay safe as they trick or treat.
- Get 25% off Glow Stick bundle with the promotional code GLOWSAVE. This will allow you to purchase products for $7.49 rather than the regular price of $9.99.
- Get $3 off the LED Twin Pack with the code TRICKORTREAT. The regular price is $8.99 but with the discount, you’ll only pay $5.99.
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