Halloween is just under three weeks away, so it’s time to begin thinking about ensuring it will be a safe night for you and your children. This is the sixth in a series of articles about how to do just that.
This article is designed specifically for kids and teens to help them have a memorable and safe Halloween. Some of them will likely say, “I already knew that!” or “Well, that’s just common sense.” They will be absolutely correct, but it never hurts to remind them. You might want to consider running this off and posting it somewhere they will see it often. These are paraphrased from The Halloween Safety™ website.
- NEVER, EVER go into a stranger’s house. Do not even ring the doorbell of a stranger’s house unless your parents or a responsible adult is with you and says it is okay. Unfortunately, there are some people who are just not very nice No one wants you to meet them, especially on a night that is supposed to be fun.
- Always be careful when crossing the street. Look both ways and make sure there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, have them hold your hand as you cross the street. If the street has a stop light, wait until the crosswalk light signals it is okay for you to cross; however, you still need to look both ways before stepping into the street because all drivers do not stop for red lights.
- If you are a teenager and are going out with friends, be sure your parents know where you are going, who you are going with and your expected time of arrival home (likely to be set by your parents).
- If you are an older kid and are taking a group of friends to a party, make sure you have enough gas to get there and home. You really don’t want to run out of gas on a dark street, all alone, as in a bad horror movie.
- If, for any reason, you are going to miss curfew, call your parents and let them know what time you will be home and why you are going to be late. This will keep them from worrying and establish trust with them for you.
- Stealing candy from smaller children can be very traumatic to them and is definitely not funny. Not only could it forever ruin what should be a fun time for those children, most states now have very strict laws against bullying and this situation would qualify.
- Vandalism is never cool! Throwing eggs at cars and houses is not cool! Someone will have to clean up that mess – and it could turn out to be you, if you get caught. You just might find yourself in juvenile court, too! Spending time in a detention center is no fun.
- Hurting animals is never acceptable behavior. Some very sick people use Halloween as an excuse to hurt cats, especially black cats, and that is wrong, wrong, wrong. Besides being illegal, it is highly immoral and unethical to hurt a helpless living thing.
Stay tuned for other tips to make your Halloween celebration a fun one.