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Don't get Spooked this Halloween with these Safety Tips

Ah, the joys of Halloween. That longed for moment when everyone can finally dress up in their favorite customes to wow and scare their neighbors, friends and family has finally arrived. After thinking about what to wear for a full year, the night finally arrives when your plans can be put into place for a memorable night with those you love.

Of course, even though Halloween is meant to be a fun filled evening, you as the parent need to ensure that your children are safe particularly if they are spending their evening going door to door asking for treats and delivering tricks.

In order to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween consider these five safety tips.

1. Be a chaperone. Even though it's likely that your child or children will want to have a Halloween that is adult free you should resist this urge to give in, especially if they are young children. Why not get a few of your children's friends together while the adults keep an eye on them from afar. This way they can still have fun and you can rest assured that they are safe as you all walk together going from door to door.

2. Know where they are at all times. If for some reason you can't act as a chaperone and no one else can fill in for you that you trust, then set a perimeter that your children can go around. By doing so you will know where they are heading and where they will be coming from.

3. Trick 'o' Treat in large groups. By making sure that there are more than three together means that it is less likely for them to be targeted by a potential predator. Three or less means that one could stray from the group leaving one vulnerable, while more than three means that there will always be at least two people together.

4. Communication. Another way of keeping tabs on your child or children is by making sure that they have access to a cell phone. Before they venture out make sure that they know how to use it and that they know the home phone number by heart. They may not need to use it, but for your peace of mind it's better to have them prepared.

5. Set a time. Give them a time that they must be home by. Depending on their age you may be more or less lenient. Only you as the parent can decide the time frame, but this will help you to ensure that they know they have to be home for a set time. If they don't arrive at the time stated you can either ring them on their cell phone or head out to search for them in the set perimeter you gave them.

By putting these measures into place you can ensure that everyone has a memorable Halloween that can be enjoyed by all. Even though your child's safety is important that doesn't mean they have to miss out on having fun. That can still be achieved through simple means, that you as the parent enforce. So instead of worrying about the potential dangers lurking in the dark you can rest assured that they are safe as they spend the evening giving people a scare.

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