Toddler Trick-or-Treating Dos and Don’ts

Trick-or-treating with a toddler is one of the most fun activities a parent can enjoy. When they’re finally old enough to understand the concept, watching them show off their costume and get candy is a lot of fun. Of course, safety is also important. Here’s how you can keep your child safe during Halloween:

  • Make them as visible as possible: Since trick-or-treating often takes place after dark, it’s important that your child is visible to drivers. There are plenty of creative ways that you can accomplish this. Reflective tape on their costumes and candy container will catch the light. Alternatively, you can add glow sticks and LED light accessories. Make sure your kids understand that their safety features need to stay on at all times.
  • Never let your child trick-or-treat alone: Naturally, you would never let your toddler trick-or-treat on their own. However, it’s important that they understand not to run away from you and the other responsible adults. If your kid is particularly energetic, you might want to try a “leash” backpack that goes with their costume.
  • Put your contact information on their costumes: Should your child get separated from you, pinning contact information on their costumes can help other adults find you. It’s also a good idea to help your kids memorize phone numbers and addresses, just in case.
  • Go over basic traffic safety tips: Kids are never too young to learn “look both ways before you cross the street” and “never cross without Mom or Dad.” In the weeks before Halloween, quiz them on traffic safety. Offer a piece of candy as a reward, to make it fun.
  • Don’t accept homemade treats from strangers: It’s hard to turn down those tempting chocolate chip cookies, but it’s not safe to eat homemade treats from strangers. Do your best to either remove them from your child’s bag or choose a pre-wrapped option if one is available.
  • Carry hand sanitizer: Since COVID-19 is still a concern, carry hand sanitizer with you. Every few houses, have your kids sanitize. This will cut down on their chances of contracting the virus, as well as the common cold and other unpleasant bugs.
  • Wear a mask: Halloween is the perfect holiday for masks, especially since they help prevent COVID-19 transmission. Make a mask part of your child’s costume. Set a good example by wearing one yourself, even if you’re fully vaccinated.
  • Remind children to stay outside: Finally, remind your kids that they need to stay outside at all times. Never go into a stranger’s home. Not only is it a safety risk, but it will also help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Toddlers can have a great time trick-or-treating. As long as you follow the above safety tips, you’re bound to enjoy an exciting and safe Halloween. Keep your kids safe and put your mind at ease—and maybe enjoy some Halloween candy, yourself.

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