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Helpful Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Sunday to all of our readers!

As exciting as this fall season has already been, it's also very important to keep safety in mind. More specifically, Halloween is a great time of year full of fun costumes, parties, crafts and the ever-fabulous endless nights of fulfilling the sweet tooth urges! For those that are going trick-or-treating this Halloween, we at Chicago Collegiate Nannies want to share a few helpful tips to keep in mind as you take your little ones out and about. 

1. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen - Make your kiddo's costume a little more exciting this year by adding a few glow sticks or flashlights to their costume. Not only will it make them more easily noticed amongst a sea of children dressed in similar costumes, but it will also help those driving on the street see your child more easily and increase their safety. 

2. Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street - If your child can't see the driver's eyes (or the driver has not indicated that it is ok to pass), do not cross the road. Remind your kids and practice with them in the daylight hours to help ensure safety when they cross the street.

3. Be sure to only stop at lit homes - Remind your kids to only ring the doorbells of homes with their lights on. Also remind your kids to never go inside of a home unless you and the kids know the family personally. As tempting as the candy might be, there is no candy worth risking a child's safety by entering an unsafe home.

4. Keep electronic devices in your pocket while walking - Not paying attention while walking and trick-or-treating can become a bit of a disaster, so keeping smart phones and cameras in your pocket while moving is a helpful safety tip to keep in mind. Be a role model and be sure to do the same around the kids!

5. Double check costumes for anything that might be a hindrance while walking around - If the hem of a child's costume is going to be dragging around all evening, find a way to keep it out of the way while a child is trick-or-treating. With so many kids walking around in the dark, it can be easy for someone else to accidentally trip on another child's costume. Double check and make sure so you can avoid any wardrobe malfunctions!

We hope you all take these safety tips and keep them in mind this year. Be sure to share them with all of your friends and families to help keep kids safe this Halloween! Thanks for taking a few moments to read this week's Nanny Tip of the Week and we look forward to hearing your feedback on Halloween and how using these safety tips worked for you. Have a wonderful holiday!


Samantha Carney

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