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Halloween Safety Tips for Older Children

Follow these Halloween safety tips and Halloween safety guide to keep older children and teens safe while trick or treating.

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Draw The Map

Plan a Halloween route with your older children and make sure they are going with at least two other friends. Have your older children and friends stick to the created route and let your know if, for any reason, they vary that route.

Synchronize Your Watches

Have a time when your older children and friends must be home or a definite time to reach a certain point on the route where you will pick them up.

Communication Headquarters

Ensure that your older children have their cell phones and that the cell phones are fully charged. Ensure that you have your own cell phone and that it is fully charged when you take your younger children out trick or treating. Make sure that your older children know they can reach you at any time if they need you.

Where the Fun Is

Trick or treat in your own neighborhood or your friends neighborhood. Stay in areas that you are familiar with.

Dress Code for Older Kids

Be creative but be safe! Use reflective tape on the front and back of your costumes. Don't use a mask or costume that obstructs your vision. You need to see in order to cross streets safely. No metal swords, pitchforks or guns that could be mistaken for real weapons should ever be carried.

Walk This Way

Stay on the sidewalk, no jaywalking, cross streets only in crosswalks, wear white shirts or use reflective tape on the front and back of dark clothing.

The Dark Side

Don't take the dark side of life. No cutting across backyards, don't go down dark alleys, don't cut across parks or fields. Make sure that someone in the group has a flashlight.

Keep Your Friends Close

Keep together as a group when trick or treating. Be aware of other people around you. Watch out for each other.

NOTE:: Older children out without parents or adults are in danger of harassment and bullying by other children their own age or older. Harassment and bullying can be verbal attacks (name calling), physical attacks (shoving, pushing, kicking), humiliation, embarrassment, or intimidation (making afraid).

Bullying and Harassment

If your group (never go out alone when trick or treating) is being harassed, walk off without resorting to name calling back. If you are still followed and harassed then called your parents immediately and let them know what is going on. If you are fearful of a physical attack call 911 immediately and then your parents. It would be helpful if each person in your group had a cell phone both parents and police could be contacted at the same time.

Vehicle Pacing

If you are out walking and you notice a car pacing you (keeping along side of your group) immediately move as far away from the car as possible and call 911 and your parents.

Be Alert, be safe. Never hesitate to call if you are uneasy in any situation.

Related Resources:
Halloween Safety Tips for Adults
Halloween Safety for Young Children
Halloween Safety for Older Children
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