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7 Safety Tips for RVing with Kids on Halloween

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Many RVers choose to spend Halloween at their favorite campgrounds. Numerous campsites host special events and activities around this holiday, including costume contests, evening hayrides, and RV decorating contests. These camps are often reserved far in advance by RVers with kids. At some campgrounds, people choose to create their own fun and games even if there are no hosted events. Crime in RV parks is rare, especially where there are surveillance cameras and security patrolling the campgrounds. It’s still good to be vigilant, however, if you’re RVing on Halloween. The following are some safety tips for all RVers, especially those bringing children.

Find out if your campsite neighbors are taking part in Halloween festivities this year.

If you are bringing kids, you may want to ask the campground which RVers are participating in trick or treating and which aren’t. At the front desk, you should see which sites are open to the activity and which areas would prefer privacy. As a general rule, chances are that if they have Halloween decorations and their lights are on, they are game for trick or treating.

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Children of all ages should always be accompanied by an adult. Even if you know many of your fellow campers and feel you are in a safe area, it’s never a good idea to let young children wander off alone. Stick to well-lit areas of the park only. Bring a flashlight, batteries and your cell phone. If you have an older child chaperoning the young ones, instruct them to never enter anyone’s RV and make sure they carry a cell phone.

Make sure your children can easily be seen.

You can easily get the kids to wear glow-in-the-dark sneakers or you can attach glow sticks to the little ones’ costumes so they are fully visible in the dark. You never know when a child may run off. It’s no fun chasing after your kids in the dark.

Safe costumes are the best costumes.

You want to make sure that costumes are flame retardant, especially when kids will be passing through areas where there are camp fires burning. Make sure they are accessorized with plastic and bendy swords not sharp items that could end up injuring the child and others. Masks that obstruct a child’s vision are not so great either. Use non-toxic face paint instead. Shoes should be well fitting to avoid falls.

Host a costume party outside your RV.

The safest way to enjoy the holiday is to throw your own party and keep trick or treating to a minimum or skip it altogether. You can even get each camper at your site to bring a dish of their own so you can have a Halloween potluck dinner. The kids will love helping you make your RV site look as spooky and scary as possible. Make sure to bring lots of paper decorations from home, and use Christmas lights to keep your area well lit.

Have a pumpkin party!

Another safe alternative to trick or treating is to host your own pumpkin carving or pumpkin painting contest. Both activities will keep the little ones occupied for hours of fun. Just don’t forget to load up on pumpkins, knives and paints before you leave home!

Tell ghost stories.

Telling ghost stories around a campfire is also a great and very safe alternative if the campground isn’t hosting events or if most of your fellow campers prefer not to be disturbed by trick or treaters. Make great food, bring your own candy and spook the kids until they are sleepy enough to call it a night.

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