10 Trick-Or-Treat Tips to Keep You Safe
Trick-or-treating is likely the most eagerly anticipated of all Halloween festivities, but don’t let all the excitement cloud your judgment. With reports in years past of Halloween candy containing dangerous objects and concern over children roaming the streets at night, alternatives have been developed. Check out these options in the Wichita area, and a few trick-or-treating safety tips!
Look for Teal Pumpkins
Teal pumpkins signify a home’s participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This means that the house is equipped with safe and allergy-friendly treats! The Food and Allergy Research and Education (FARE)’s Teal Pumpkin Project serves to raise awareness of food allergies and to help include those with food allergies in the Halloween fun. Participating homes can register online as a safe location for trick-or-treaters. This allows parents to determine in advance the best places to visit. Learn more here.
By planning your route in advance, you can be certain that your entire group is on the same page. You’ll know where to go next, have and estimate of what time you’ll be done, and you’ll avoid the in-between time spent deciding what doorbell to ring next.
Charge Your Phone
Charge all phones prior to leaving your house to ensure that all lines of communication are available. This is especially important if you will be sending older children or teenagers out to trick-or-treat on their own.
Prepare a Backup
Determine a designated meeting place in advance, just in case someone is separated from your group. This way, you’ll already know where to go to look for them in the event that this should occur.
Carry Flashlights or Glow Sticks
Having your child carry a flashlight or glow stick will help them to be more visible to cars. It will also help them to see where they are going, allowing them to better avoid trips or falls.
In order to maximize safety, children should check their costumes for a few things. First of all, comfortable shoes should be worn to avoid sore feet and blisters. Costumes should not restrict movement or vision and should fall at a length that will not cause difficulty walking
If your ghouls and goblins are younger, plan to Trick-or-Treat earlier in the evening to avoid staying out too late and trick-or-treating in the dark. This is also safer as it allows increased visibility for both trick-or-treaters and drivers.
Go Over Basic Safety Rules
Some of the most important trick-or-treating safety rules are the ones we’ve heard over and over. Don’t forget to give your trick-or-treaters reminders of the following:
- Never enter the homes of strangers
- Young trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult at all times
- Older youth should stay in groups and remain in populated areas
- Always inspect candy before eating; throw out any that appears to have been opened or tampered with
- Use crosswalks and look for traffic when crossing streets
Local Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Some parents feel safer skipping out on traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and opt to participate in safer alternatives. Many local churches and other establishments offer trunk-or-treating each year. This is where participants add spooky decorations to the open trunks of their cars and give out candy to trick-or-treaters. This allows children to go from car to car collecting a night’s worth of candy all in one parking lot! Check out these local Trunk-or-Treats!
Community Life Church -
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: 11110 E. 26th Street N.
Eastminster Church -
When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 1958 N. Webb Rd.
FirstMB Church -
When: Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 8000 W. 21st St.
Maranatha Worship Center -
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 888 S. Webb Rd.
City of Andover Safe Halloween -
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Vincent De Paul
Pleasantview Baptist Church, Derby -
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1335 N. Buckner, Derby KS
Country Acres Baptist Church -
When: Monday, Oct. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: 8810 W. 10th St.
From all of us at 360Wichita, have a safe and fun Halloween!