Child Safety Different for Halloween Trick-or-Treat and School Fundraisers

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In the "Are You a Slacker Mom?" parenting style quiz, found that respondents felt less comfortable with children going door-to-door for school fund raising activities than for trick-or-treating ( For children accompanied by an adult, the respondent's comfort level stayed about the same for fund raising activities but increased significantly for trick-or-treating. For both activities, respondents indicated that it wasn't okay for children to go unsupervised even if they stayed in their own neighborhoods. Regardless of the holiday or event, child safety should be a top priority. found that a whopping 40.6 percent of parents said "no way" to allowing their kids to approach strangers' homes for school fundraisers while the number dropped to 17.3 percent for trick-or-treating. When asked if fund-raising with an adult is okay, 41.6 percent of the respondents agreed, while 68.3 percent of the respondents didn't have a problem with their children trick-or-treating with an adult ( On average, for both activities, only 11 percent of respondents felt that children could go unsupervised as long as they stayed within their own neighborhood. Five percent of the respondents trusted their child's judgment to keep away from threatening situations.

Respondents answered two questions about parenting style in the quiz. One asked about their philosophy regarding their children and trick-or-treating on Halloween night specifically, and the other inquired about door-to-door solicitations for school fundraisers during the rest of the year. The vast majority of parents are concerned about their children and their safety.

With Halloween safety as a big concern, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers several Halloween safety tips to trick-or-treaters and parents:

  •     Children should wear light colored costumes and/or reflective tape
  •     Children should carry a flashlight or glow stick
  •     Children should be with an adult and/or travel in groups
  •     An adult should examine all treats
  •     Face make-up should be tested to check for eye irritation

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers further year-round child safety tips for going door-to-door for school fundraisers and other outings:

  •     Solicitations should be done with an adult during daylight hours
  •     Children should travel in familiar neighborhoods
  •     Children should never reveal personal information
  •     Children should leave any situation where they feel threatened
  •     Children should never go into a stranger's home attracts thousands of users every day to response-driven Web sites that cover trends in parenting style, personal growth, fashion, food, music, home ownership, education, and more., its associated Web sites and fun quizzes can be found at


Aurelie Guerrieri


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