This post is Sponsored by Energizer and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
My kids love Halloween. I don't blame them. It is pretty fun to dress up as their favorite character and go door to door to all of their neighbors houses and get free candy. Whats not to love about that? As kids, they are so focused at the excitement of the night and the rewards at the end that they don't even realize that safety is important. My kids are all young enough that my husband and I still go door to door with them, and safety is very important to me. I am very nervous for when my son is a little older and will be wanting to go off with his friends. As a parent, I find it very important to talk to them about safety before we leave the house as well as when we come home at the end of the night. You may ask what the point is in talking about safety when they get home, but this time is very important to me. This is how Halloween safety works in our home.
Halloween day in our home is a full day of fun. Starting when the kids get home from school everyone is in Halloween mode. The kids lay out their Halloween costumes and Trick or Treat bags so they are ready for the evening. I start a pot of "Halloween Stew" in the crock pot for when it is time for dinner. My husband comes home and we carve pumpkins so our porch is festive and lit up for when the trick or treaters come. After dinner, everyone gets dressed in their halloween costumes and we gather in our living room for a family Halloween talk. This is where we remind all of the kids of our family Halloween rules. Here are some of our rules:
1. Stay close to us when we are Trick or Treating. No running ahead.
2. Help your younger brother and sister get to each new door.
3. No eating candy until we get home.
When we get home from Trick or Treating, we turn our front porch light on so other Trick or Treaters know that they can come Trick or Treating at our house and then we have another talk. This time its about safety with the candy. We know many of our neighbors, but not all of them, so in our home, we don't eat any candy that is not sealed in a package. The kids dump out their trick or treat bag and sort through their candy and we throw away anything that doesn't look safe. This Halloween, Energizer shares with us 7 Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween.
7 Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween from Energizer
1. Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Create a route that avoids major intersections, but does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street.
2. Find new ways to celebrate the holiday. Seek out neighborhood “trunk-or-treats” as alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. These events are great for younger children or in neighborhoods that might be difficult to navigate on Halloween night.
3. Keep a portable light on hand (or head). As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night:
o Energizer® LED 2 in 1 light Fusion Flashlights – Compact and versatile, Energizer Light
Fusion Technology products are convenient, water resistant and provide impressively
bright long lasting light—easily seen by drivers and other pedestrians.
o Headlights – Powerful Energizer LED headlights are lightweight and convenient –
perfect for keeping hands free. That way, you may hold your child’s hand, while their
other clutches the ever-important candy container. The headlight can even add to or be
a part of a costume!
4. Pick the right costume. Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired.
5. Walk, don’t run. Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls.
6. Be selective. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian.
7. Charge your devices. Make sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed*. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions.
*Or we will replace your device. See www.energizer.com/guarantee.