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It seems like I always feel super prepared when it comes to Halloween safety...until we are outside. Then, my thoughts race back to what I forgot at home or I see a kid wearing a costume that is completely reflective & their mother is wearing a sensible matching getup!

I know that I'm not one of "those moms". I just don't have it in me! My kid will have a store bought costume. I will paint on his mustache with my mascara & my husband & I will eat all of the chocolate candy from his haul. I'm sure this is how most of you do Halloween, if we are being honest with ourselves!

With that said, I know there is one thing we all want. Keeping my son safe is my first priority! I searched every store & website I could find. Halloween safety is easy to achieve without breaking the bank!

Dollar Bins & Dollar Stores

Check those dollar bins wherever you are ladies!! Quite often, I find the best stuff in these. I found glow necklaces, reflective tape/stickers, glow-in-the-dark candy bags/buckets & light-up buttons just to name a few. These things are great for moms to wear as well. You should personalize your gear to signal to your kiddos that only you are wearing a certain item. (Mommy is wearing the pink and green glow pins...) These items are usually seasonal, so your babes can have fun & be safe at the same time! The stores I found them in were Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar General & Dollar Tree. (If you have any suggestions from your neck of the woods leave a comment below that will help Mumsies in your area!)

Not Getting Lost

My son decided to ride his bike to school one day without telling me & it scared me to death! I had our whole city looking for him & I was terrified the whole time! After that experience I realized that I wasn't as prepared as I had previously thought. I made sure he at least knew his phone number & our first names. Second, I made sure his address was on the inside of his backpack & bike helmet. (He usually has those with him.) Then we made him 2 bracelets that had that same information on them. He loves wearing these because we found number & letter beads in his favorite colors! They don't say his name however, because I wouldn't want the wrong person to call his name out & pretend they knew him. Second, I downloaded an app that shows all of the sex offenders in my area. (Totally terrifying, but I feel like it's better to know which houses to steer clear of!) We also made sure to tell him that he doesn't have permission to go into anyone's home or car without us. We told him that we would NEVER tell anyone else to take him somewhere without us too. We even have a secret code word that nobody else knows. Our reason for that is if we ever do have a reason someone needs to pick him up, they will also know the word.

These are certainly different on Halloween, but feel free to tweak any of my suggestions to your liking! I feel like these could work any day or holiday! 

Lastly, I thought that the CDC website had a great list of things to check for before you head out for your fun night!

Going trick-or-treating?
Halloween Safety TipsSwords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter AAvoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter FFasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter EExamine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Halloween Safety TipsHold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
Alphabet letter AAlways test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter LLook both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter LLower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter OOnly walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter WWear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter EEat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter EEnter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter NNever walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

 

There you have it! Keep yourselves & your little ones safe this week. Have fun & eat lots of chocolate!!


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