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To Keep Tabs On Your Trick-Or-Treaters
It's easy to keep track of your trick-or-treaters when you're walking them around the block as toddlers. It gets a bit trickier when it's finally time to let them venture out on their own. It can be a stressful time for parents who aren't used to the idea of their child going house to house without a chaperone. However, with a little organization, a few rules and modern technology, it's possible to keep tabs on your trick-or-treaters to guarantee they're safe and accounted for until curfew. Read on to review a few guidelines to make sure your kids are safe on Halloween.
Laying Down The Rules
Making sure your kids know the rules before heading out is essential to giving yourself peace of mind during Halloween. Get involved in the planning. Make sure you know exactly who your kids are trick-or-treating with and track down contact information for their parents. Figure out what the neighborhood rules and curfews are for trick-or-treating or set your own schedule for them to follow. You should also make sure you're familiar with the area they will be trick-or-treating, review the streets that you think are safe and go over everything with your kids before they start.
Big Groups Stay Together
Halloween is an exciting night for kids, especially for younger children who are set free without their parents for a few hours. The fairly new concept of trick-or-treating without surveillance, a large group of friends with different candy agendas and the natural thrills of the holiday can be enough to knock your organized plans and rules off schedule once they're out of the house. It's important to have safeguards in place when you can't expect all your plans to go perfectly. One way to boost your kid's safety is to get them into a larger group or talk with a few of your kids' closer friends to ask them to stay together and watch out for each other throughout the night.
Checking In On Time
It's amazing how quickly kids go from playing with light-up toys for babies to carrying around a cell phone. Parents who were uncomfortable getting their 8-year-old a cell phone to begin with are reminded on occasions like Halloween why they purchased their youngster a phone in the first place. It's to check in. This goes for young kids going out for their first Halloween night as well as teenagers. Give your kids a specific time to check in. You'll probably be sitting next to the phone the entire night regardless, but at least you'll know when the call should come in.
If your kids or their friends don't have cell phones of their own, a great alternative is to set up a few checkpoints around the neighborhood. These checkpoints can be the houses of the friends your kid is trick-or-treating with. Have the group start at one haunted house and allow them to walk around the neighborhood to the house of another child in the group. Once at the house, you could make sure they're on time and accounted for by talking to the parents. Coordinating with the other parents will give you eyes and ears in different parts of the neighborhood and give you plenty of opportunities to check in on your kid throughout the night.
There's An App For That
Another great reason for giving your kid a cell phone is that you'll be able to track their exact location during their trick-or-treat excursion. Sure, it's a little "big brother," but giving yourself the option of using the technology is better than not having it. You don't have to constantly monitor their activity throughout the night, but being able to see on a live map where your kid is at is perfect for when you want to check in an hour or two after they've left the house. The trick-or-treating apps have some awesome features, such as automatic alerts for when your kid reaches a certain point on the map, as well as footprints to show the details of their route.
Technology makes it easy to keep track of kids on Halloween or any other day they're out of the house. However, no matter what technology you have at your disposal, planning out the details the old-fashioned way will also provide security and peace of mind. Get in the Halloween spirit with decorations for outside and inside at The Lakeside Collection, from pumpkin centerpieces for a festive tabletop to frightening porch decor to make your home the scariest on the block.