Planning to go trick-or-treating this Halloween? For the past few years, my brood and I have enjoyed the big event with family, up in the suburbs. This year however, I'm super excited to stay closer to home and trick-or-treat here in Manhattan. I can't wait! And, if the weather ends up being as wet and cold as NY1 has been predicting, we'll be trick-or-treating entirely within our apartment building.
No matter where you and yours will be ringing those doorbells, keep these five safety tips in mind so that you, and your children, can have a ghoulishly good time.
- Go with your children: Join in the fun and go with your kids when they head outdoors. If you can't be there, make sure your children trick-or-treat in groups and insist on adult supervision.
- Know whose door you're knocking on: Only visit familiar neighborhoods and approach well-lit houses. If you live in a large apartment building, consider ringing your neighbors' bells instead of venturing outside.
- Accept treats from the doorway: Neither you nor your child should ever enter a stranger's home or accept treats from a car.
- Remind everyone of the rules of the road: Look both ways before crossing the street, obey all traffic laws and use crosswalks.
- When in doubt, throw it out: Thoroughly examine all of the treats collected and confiscate anything that could cause your child to choke or is homemade, unwrapped or possibly tampered with.
Halloween comes only once a year, so enjoy the holiday! With a little common sense and planning, you and your little ones can have a safe and spooktacularly fun-filled Halloween.