Halloween is the kid’s perfect holiday, they get to dress up in fun costumes and get free candy, lots of candy. At Dave Reed Insurance, the Peace of mind People, we know families are precious. Here are some Halloween safety tips. 
- Help you child make or purchase a costume that fits and is fire retardant. Adding reflective material will make them more visible in outside darkness. Carrying glow sticks can be fun, too.
- Plan the route; know it if you aren’t going with them. Encourage frequent cell phone check-in calls. Set a time to be home.
- Explain to kids the difference between tricks and vandalism. Clean up and damage repair can ruin Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make sure they clean up the mess they’ve made.
- Stress that cruelty to animals is not acceptable behavior, even if you don’t like cats.
- Remind children to look both ways before crossing streets. Encourage holding hands if multiple children are crossing together.
- Skip the masks that can obscure vision. Use face paints instead.
- Feed children a snack or meal before heading out. This will cut back on the temptation to dig into their booty before you have an opportunity to check it when they return home.
- Always stay outside strangers’ homes; keep your route in well-lit neighborhoods and NEVER accept rides from strangers.
- If you are driving Halloween night, watch for children darting into the street, drive below the posted speed limits in neighborhoods and make sure you have enough gas to get where you’re going. No Halloween horror movie for you!
Be the responsible adult; go with your children to keep an eye on things. Make this Halloween a holiday filled with happy memories.