What is your biggest Halloween fear? For many parents, their teen's safety on this scary holiday is a top concern.
It was so much easier when your kids were young enough to stay with Mom and Dad on Halloween, holding their hand without embarrassment. Now those little cowboys and ballerinas have grown up into mini-adults who you can't supervise every second. Does this thought leave you a little frightened? True, you're a parent, and your worries will never completely disappear – but these safety tips could help ease the nerves a little.
Know their plans, and don't be afraid to say no if needed. Teens may be looking forward to a Halloween party, or they may want to continue their trick-or-treating tradition without parental supervision. Parties should be chaperoned, and it's fine if you want to check in with the host's parents to ensure they'll be home. If your teen plans to trick-or-treat, make sure it is in a safe neighborhood with a group of responsible friends.
Decide on a couple check-in times and a curfew. You know your teen never parts with his phone, so he has no excuse for not being able to call or text once or twice that evening to let you know he's okay. The best way to make sure this actually happens is to agree on a specific time to check in. While you're at it, determine a reasonable curfew.
Talk about the dangers of driving under the influence. Of course, you don't want your teens around underage drinking or recreational drug use. But if they do find themselves in a situation where their driver can't safely get behind the wheel of a car, you'll want them to know that the best course of action is to call you for a safe ride home.
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