Keep Your Family Safe This Halloween With Life360’s Top Tips
Halloween is a great time for families and people of all ages to dress up, express their creativity, and have fun. But it’s also a great source of anxiety for parents and guardians. Here are a few tips and tools to stay safe this spooky season alongside some data around the safest cities for trick-or-treating according to Life360.
Life360’s Top 4 Halloween Safety Tips for 2023
1. Share Your Location With Your Loved Ones
Going to a haunted maze? Trick-or-treating in a big or new neighborhood? Location sharing with the people you’re going out with will keep everyone connected and give everyone a sense of security when ghouls and gremlins are around the corner. For the past two years, Life360 has seen a jump in usage around Halloween night/weekend, proving that it can help keep folks connected. Create a Life360 Circle for your Halloween crew to make sure everyone has a wonderful time. Consider attaching a Tile tracker to children’s costumes if they do not have a phone.
2. Having No Plan is the Worst Plan
Trying to maximize your kid’s trick-or-treating haul? Picking the safest, most family-friendly communities to take your little witches and superheroes may be the best plan to secure great candy hauls. Trick-or-treating in communities that understand the value of location-sharing and other safety features that Life360 provides will allow for a stress-free Halloween!
Safest Cities for Trick-or-Treating in 2023, by Life360*
- Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM
- Tulsa, OK
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Dayton, OH
- Knoxville, TN
- Memphis, TN
- Tyler-Longview, TX
- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Evansville, IN
- Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
3. Party Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe
For young adults, Halloween is a fun time to dress up and party with your closest friends. While you may plan to have a designated driver (DD) or a loved one to call for a ride, always make sure you’re driving safely. Halloween can be a scary time to be on the road but tools like roadside assistance, Life360’s SOS feature, and crash detection provide an extra layer of protection. In case of an emergency, these invaluable tools can help you out and make sure your Halloween isn’t ruined.
4. Teach Your Child or Teen to Never Enter a Home While Trick-or-Treating
Although it may seem to be common sense, a well-mannered child or teen may not be able to resist an insistent invitation from an adult. Be sure to remind your child that it is never okay to enter a stranger’s home, regardless of if it is Halloween or not. This also goes for cars, vans, and general invitations to new locations. Teaching your kid to say “no” can be one of the most effective ways to keep them and their friends safe.
For older teens and younger adults going out, it may be even tricker to ascertain if a destination for a party or haunted house is safe or not. Encourage them to carefully vet the destination/address, share their location via Life360 Circle, or even attach Tiles to their costumes in case their phones die. Encourage them to text or share updates in the Life360 app to keep loved ones apprised of their plans and destinations.
*Safest cities determined by percentage increase in week-over-week increase in activity use on October 31st on the Life360 app.