Apps, Tips, and Costume Tricks to Make this Halloween the Best Year Ever

One of the most popular holiday’s for kids — Halloween — is just around the corner.

Don’t worry, there is still time to put your finishing touches on the classroom costume winner. This of course means there is also time left to set your kids up for safety and success before they venture out out in search of their candied treasure.

Here are a few tips to help ensure a Happy Halloween Holiday!

This time of year, it gets dark early. If you’re going to be night-time treating, reflective tape and stickers are a great way to accessorize costumes with safety-inspired accents.
If you have the choice between the two, face-paint and make-up wont obstruct your child’s vision like a falling down face-mask. This may make a world of difference if you live in an area where many streets will be crossed.
Keep in mind that the most popular trick-or-treat times are between 5pm and 8pm, right around the time it starts to get dark. Flashlights and glow sticks are a fun way to stay safe.
  • Never — EVER — go inside the home of someone you don’t know. No “treat” is worth the safety of your child.
  • Avoid any homes where you can’t see the front door from the street. If the front door is hidden behind hedges or disguised by decoration, exercise caution and move on to the next home.
  • For the older kids, try to have them stay in neighborhoods they know, and try to avoid ever being too far away to run home. If they will be too far to run home, take a drive with them this weekend to identify safe-havens — those places where they know they can go to find safety. Make sure they have a plan, know where to go, and know how to get there. There are even some apps that help neighbors to connect.
Put your business card in your child’s trick-or-treat bag in case they get lost. It’s also a good idea to have them practice dialing 911 from your mobile phone in their costume. (In airplane mode, please)
Empower your child with practical self-saving actions like, “Stranger Danger Is A One-Way Street” and the 3 F’s of Food, Flags, and Families to easily identify places to go for help.

Finally, do a little bit of background checking:

Take a look at the local sex offender registry and share your findings with your network. These will be the homes you definitely want to make sure you and your child avoid. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Spencer Coursen helps manage unfavorable circumstance toward favorable resolve. He is a security advisor, analyst, consultant, and strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. His systems and strategies help corporations, non-profit organizations, private individuals, schools, and at-risk public figures ensure the certainty of safety for all involved.