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October 14, 2019


Halloween can be a fun time of the year for children ; but when children encounter tricks instead of treats, they can become very scary – and not just because of the decorations and frightening costumes. Abductions, bullying, candy that has been tainted; these are all things that can make Halloween an extra scary for children and parents alike.

In order to keep your kids safe this Halloween, teach them before they put on their costumes and start knocking on the neighbors doors. Here are 5 tips from Self Defense 4U Martial Arts that can help keep your little ones safe this Halloween.

Plan a Route #1. Before your kids hit the neighborhood to gather candy, plan a route for them. It should be one that leads them through well-lit areas that are heavily populated. The lighter the area and the more people around, the less likely there will danger lurking around the corner. And as always-there is safety in numbers. Travel with a group. Make sure to discuss the route with your kids beforehand. And if they are a bit “older,” maybe wait on a corner at the end of the street. They will still be independent but you are close enough to keep an eye on them.

Give them a Cell Phone #2. You may not want your kids to have a cell phone on a regular basis, but on Halloween, you might want to make an exception. Pre-program the phone with emergency contact numbers so that if there is an emergency, your child will be able to easily call for help. Also, it will allow you to call and check up on your child at regular intervals. They’ll have the freedom to trick-or-treat by themselves, but you’ll still be able to keep track on them.

Talk to Your Child About Dangers #3. Discuss possible scenarios that could occur that would be dangerous. For example, what they should do if someone tries to ask them to get into their car, or go into their house. Provide them with the right response so that they know how to react and so that they can avoid a potentially dangerous situation. . These are tips we often talk about at Self Defense 4U Martial Arts during our Stranger awareness class.

Light them Up #4. Give you children flashlights or have them wear glow bracelets or necklaces while they are trick-or-treating. Doing so will allow them to not only see what is around them, but will allow others to easily see them. Cars can be a particular danger while walking on dark streets; lighting up your kids will make them more visible to drivers.

Don’t Eat the Candy until it has been checked! #5 Of course, children are going to find it difficult to keep their candy out of their mouths; however, you really need to stress the importance of waiting until they get home to eat their candy. Once they get home, you can inspect them to make sure they are safe. Spread the candy out and go through it together. Remove anything that is unwrapped or looks questionable.

Have a great Halloween!

Self Defense 4U teaches kids karate,Bully awareness, stranger awareness, adult martial arts and self defense, kali and jiu-jitsu

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