Naturally, we want all of our children to be carefree and have fun on Halloween. We also want them to be safe. The website Childhelp.org offers several tips for trick-or-treaters:
▪ Brighter is better. Costumes will be more visible in the dark if you attach reflective tape. Give each child a flashlight to carry, just in case.
▪ Make it a family affair. Accompany children under 12 on their trick-or-treating rounds. As for the older ones, be sure to meet their friends, know their routes, and remind them to only approach well-lit houses for candy.
▪ Check out the treats. Don’t allow your children to eat any candy that appears tampered with, opened or homemade.
▪ Costume guidelines. Make sure the costume’s fit doesn’t cause tripping or block vision. Props such as swords should be short, soft and flexible. If the costume requires makeup, test a small amount on the skin first to avoid irritation.
▪ Rules of the road. Watch for traffic. Walk, don’t run.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather them in His arms. (Isaiah 40:11)
Keep our children safe, Jesus. Guide them in Your ways.