It’s the one night of the year when it is okay for our kids to hit the neighborhood begging for candy — from strangers no less! A holiday like no other, Halloween allows everyone in the family to become someone totally different. Whether your little princess becomes an actual princess or your son pretends to be the scariest and meanest dude of the neighborhood for a few hours, it doesn’t matter; fantasy is what the night is all about.

But maybe you have just moved into a brand new Hannah Custom Home and don’t know your neighbors very well, making this year’s festivities seem a bit scarier. Don’t worry! You can keep everyone safe with these basic trick-or-treat tips.

Map Out Your Route

It may not seem very spontaneous, but mapping out your trick or treating route in advance can help keep everyone on course. A few nights before Halloween, take a walk through your neighborhood, choosing streets that are:

  • Well lit
  • Have sufficient walkways
  • Seem more populated
  • And that you and your kids know

Go Together

Halloween isn’t just for the kids — adults can enjoy an evening on the prowl too. Traveling with kids is a good idea for several reasons:

  • It keeps them on course. You don’t have to worry about any side trips if you accompany them.
  • It keeps them out of trouble. Even the best-behaved children can let the excitement (and sugar high) of the night carry them away. Trick or treating in groups, and with an adult or two tagging along, keeps kids following the rules. They are more likely to cross at intersections, avoid strangers, and even get along with their peer group better when supervised.
  • It offers a chance to meet some of your new neighbors. Halloween is a fun night to chat with some of your new neighbors. Take this opportunity to introduce yourself.

Halloween can be difficult for children with medical problems or allergies, who cannot eat most of the stash they come home with. That problem has been made a lot easier by the teal pumpkin project. If you see a teal colored pumpkin on the porch of a house, it means that the treats there are going to be allergy-friendly.

Wear Reflective Materials

Yes, it is true — drivers are much more safety conscious during trick or treating hours. But, if they can’t see your little ones, there is more of a chance of an accident occurring. Help make your small goblins stand out by adhering reflective tape to:

  • The backs of costumes/jackets
  • Hats
  • Sneakers
  • Candy bags
  • Costume Accessories

Watch Out for Your Neighbors

If you live in a close-knit community, you may want to consider coordinating a group to watch out for each other’s kids and property on Halloween. For instance, maybe two or three adults take a group of kids trick or treating and three or four others stay behind to hand out candy from several households, while also keeping an eye out for trouble. Remember, burglaries are common on Halloween, especially at houses where the residents are gone for the evening.

Look for Teal Colored Pumpkins

Halloween can be difficult for children with medical problems or allergies, who cannot eat most of the stash they come home with. That problem has been made a lot easier by the teal pumpkin project. If you see a teal colored pumpkin on the porch of a house, it means that the treats there are going to be allergy-friendly. This can make trick or treating a lot easier, and more fun, for kids who suffer from allergies.

Check All Candy

If there is one rule of Halloween that every kid knows it is never eat anything until it has been checked! It is a Halloween rule that has survived the decades and still rings true today. Be sure to check younger kids bags for choking hazards (like gumballs and hard candies) as well as open candies or packages. Once these dangers have been taken away, then let your kids dig in!

Who doesn’t love Halloween? No matter how young or old you are, there is nothing quite like the exhilaration of going door to door to see what treat you get. Help preserve the fun of Halloween by teaching your kids these simple safety rules — and then let them head out into the neighborhood to enjoy the holiday.

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