Safety Tips for Halloween and Trick or Treat Alternatives

This post is sponsored by P&G, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Safety is a big concern for parents during Halloween. We are always trying to improve the conditions for our children as they take to the streets of the neighborhood, going door to door to beg for candy.

As a kid, I looked forward to trick-or-treating every year, and will always remember the year I finally got to go out with friends, unsupervised. It was a right of passage that I’ll never forget. As a parent, I’m happy to afford my boys the same opportunity, as I believe it’s important for them to “practice being adults” in a controlled environment, like trick-or-treating on Halloween. Giving them a little independence on a night like Halloween allows them to stretch their legs and earn our trust by obeying the few rules we put in place before they head out the door.

That being said, I still have a mama bear mentality that prefers to include a few safety precautions, as well as encourage my tween and teen to take on a more mature role on Halloween and in our community.

Here are a few pregame, game-time, and post-game tips to help you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Find Trick-or-Treating Alternatives

If you live in an area where there are limited, or unsafe options to trick-or-treat on Halloween, try finding an alternative! Many churches and communities offer Trunk or Treat events that offer a safer environment for our little ones. Trunk or Treat is very similar to Trick or Treat, but instead of going door to door in your neighborhood, you go trunk to trunk at a designated venue to receive candy. Trunk hosts decorate their trunks in a variety of themes and dress up to pass out candy. It’s a lot of fun!

This year, our family helped plan the Trunk or Treat event at our church, and the boys were excellent helpers throughout the afternoon. They participated in a number of different ways, from directing cars to their parking places, to passing out candy to the children who attended and helping clean up when the event was finished.

We held a “Best Decorated Trunk Competition” where attendees could cast their votes for their favorite trunk. This year, a Jurassic Park themed trunk won the contest! We gave away a Crest Pumpkin full of goodies and Crest toothpaste, to offset the candy intake!

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Halloween

If you’re taking to the streets, keep these safety tips for Halloween in mind as you Trick or Treat the night away!

  • Trick or Treat in Well Lit Areas: Visit neighborhoods with lots of street lights and stick to well lit areas when going door to door. Resist the urge to take a short cut through a back alley or walk down the dark, dead end in the back of the neighborhood.
  • Visit Neighborhoods with Sidewalks: Sidewalks are best when trick or treating at night. There is always a lot of traffic in our neighborhood, so we encourage everyone to stick to the sidewalk, visiting the houses on the same side of the street first, instead of running back and forth in a zigzag pattern.
  • Be Seen: Where reflective clothing or lights on your costume so drivers can see you in the dark.
  • Be Respectful: Say your pleases and thank yous, only visit houses with their light on, watch for and yield to oncoming traffic, walk carefully so you don’t run into people.
  • Obey Curfew: Most communities have set hours for trick or treating. Be sure to end your evening when the porch lights and pumpkins begin to turn off.

Healthy Tips for Post Trick-or-Treating

Whether inspecting candy wrappers, monitoring intake, or upping your brushing regimen, these tips will help keep you healthy and happy as you enjoy the evening’s loot.

  • Sort Your Candy: Once home from Trick or Treating, be sure to sort through your candy, discarding anything that isn’t sealed.
  • Share Your Candy with Your Parents: Sneaky parents! According to the Crest Halloween Survey, over 50% of parents admitted that they snuck a few pieces of candy from their children’s candy stash without them noticing. 34% of parents insisted on “inspecting” the candy, only to hide a stash for themselves. Only 4% of parents reported that they do not eat their child’s candy.
  • Limit Your Candy Consumption: According to the same survey, 72.7% of mothers limit their children to a maximum of 10 pieces of candy on Halloween. Fathers set their child’s candy limit a bit higher, with over 60% setting limits between 11 – 31+.
  • Brush Your Teeth Faithfully: What did the survey say? Only 48% of adults enforce a stricter teeth brushing/flossing routine on Halloween for themselves. However, 70% parents enforce stricter teeth brushing/routines on Halloween for their children.

Crest Has You Covered this Halloween

Halloween wouldn’t be the same without Halloween candy! Crest proves this point by bringing a group of school-aged children together for a focus group where they are asked to test out some new healthy alternatives for the season.

On 10/28, a $1-off coupon insert was available inside local newspapers across the U.S., giving you a discount on your favorite Crest Toothpaste varieties through 11/11. There’s also additional savings from Walmart’s Rollback offers and Ibotta. So, bring on the candy because Crest has you covered this Halloween!

Did we leave out an important safety tip for Halloween that you implement with your family? Share it with us in the comments!

Written by: Amy Powell

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