Halloween is Thursday – How to Help Keep the Kids Safe!

One of your main responsibilities as an Au Pair is to care for the children in the family. Your Host Family may or may not be celebrating Halloween this year, but you still want to stay safe yourself and keep the children in your care safe as well. I would like to share some basic tips on how to keep those precious angels safe, even if they are dressed as devils and monsters!

So, first of all, safety in numbers is an American phrase that means you are safer with a partner or in a small group than you are alone. Always go trick-or-treating with a friend or group of friends and family.

If the first rule is go with a partner or group, the second rule is STAY WITH your partner or group. Halloween can be exciting and can very busy in some neighborhoods. It can be easy to get separated from your people. Be alert and keep an eye on your little ones. Don’t be distracted by other adults or adorable costumed babies. Wait for everyone in your group before moving on to the next house.

Third, if you are approached by a stranger, move quickly to a group of trusted adults or to a well-lit home. Never go in anyone’s car, even if they seem like they need your help!

Since I mentioned well-lit homes as safe homes, those are the only type of homes which should be approached on Halloween night. If a house has no front light on, that is usually a message that they are either out with small children themselves, are not giving away candy or treats for Halloween, or they are already out of candy for the night. In any event, never approach homes that are not lit.

Finally, it may be tempting to try that favorite candy bar before you get home, but all treats should be checked by an adult before eating them. Small children should not have small, hard candies. Any packages that are ripped or open should be thrown away, even if the contents look okay.  Naturally, if the child in your care has allergies, be sure to check ingredients on the package first!

By the way, adults in America dress up too, whether to answer the door and give out treats, to take the kids door-to-door, or to attend any number of Halloween parties and celebrations. Get into the spirit yourself and have fun. Dress up as your favorite character or even as a cultural character from your country! Our family is sticking to an old favorite – we are all dressing as characters from the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz”! My 5 year old daughter is Dorothy, her 2 year old brother and Daddy are Scarecrows, her 5 year old cousin is the Tinman, her uncle is dressing as the Cowardly Lion, auntie is the Wicked Witch of the West, and Mommy is Glinda, the Good Witch, of course! What are you, your Host Children and Host Parents dressing as this year?

Most of all, be safe, have fun, take lots of pictures and enjoy the scariest, most fun you will have this year!

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My name is Joan Lowell, LAR (Local Area Rep) in the Providence area; please contact me at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401-309-1925 with your questions about becoming a Host Family.

Visit Go Au Pair’s Providence page at http://www.goaupair.com/Providence for details on the local area promotional pricing for new Host Families within an hour of Providence, RI!

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