10/30/2012 10:37 EDT | Updated 12/29/2012 05:12 EST

Halloween Safety for your Tweens and Teens

Flickr: jamalfanaian

Halloween is easy when they are little. You chaperone them trick or treating at 5 p.m. and they are in bed by 8 p.m. But, tweens and teens still love Halloween and want to roam the streets by themselves in the dark. How do you keep them safe?


Halloween Safety Tips

1. Comfortable Shoes Girls should be in comfortable shoes so they can run if they get into an uncomfortable situation.

2. Map it Out Establish where they can and cannot go.

3. Curfew Give them a curfew and call in times when they need to check in with you.

4. Contacts Get the names and phone numbers of all their friends so you can reach them in an emergency.

5. Call their friends parents If they are going to a party, speak to the parents to ensure it will be chaperoned.

6. Don't Take Candy From Strangers Tell your kids about the dangers of eating candy from strangers or drinking something after leaving it unattended.

7. VandalismTalk to your kids about vandalism and the repercussions of such behaviour such as being arrested which can get them kicked out of school and jeopardize their future.

8. Wear Bright Clothes They will be out at night so they need some sort of reflective tape on their clothing so drivers can see them.

9. Watch out for drunk drivers Tell them to be extra careful crossing the street because adults get drunk on Halloween and there could be intoxicated drivers.

10. Talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol If they are at a party where that is present and the police come, everyone could get in trouble.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!