Eventually, tweens reach the stage where they would rather canvass the neighborhood without any grownups tagging along. Whether your child gets to do that will likely depend on things like the laws in your state or county, the overall safety of your neighborhood and your child’s maturity. But before they head out, here are a few quick guidelines for them.
Choose a route: Make sure they know the major streets so they can find their way home. Safe choices: Instruct them to only visit houses with lights on, and to never enter the house of someone they don’t know for any reason.
Smartphone safety: If your tween has a smartphone, Halloween is the perfect time to have the extra talk about using these devices safely. Typing and scrolling while walking is a big no-no, especially after dark. Talk about hazards, like running into objects like utility poles and mailboxes, stumbling on steps and curbs, and worse, walking into an intersection unaware.
Keep in touch: Use their smartphone’s GPS tracking device. (For Apple phones, it’s the Find My iPhone feature, and for Android users, it’s Find My Device.) You’ll have to enable the feature on their devices and yours, but once it’s up and running, you can easily pinpoint their whereabouts on the map. Sneaky? Perhaps. But at least you can quickly and easily find them.
Next, read about How to Keep Teens Safe on Halloween.