Is your little one ready for a spooky good time on Halloween? This fun holiday of tricks and treats is one that all kids dream about. Few things are better than costumes, free candy and fun frights. We can hardly wait for the fun to begin, but to help ensure this Halloween is one to remember, we complied a list of simple safety tips to keep your little trick or treater safe, happy, and away from candy-comas.
*Being able to always see your child as they go house to house is important, but even more important for those driving through the neighborhoods. Choose a light-colored costume that can be easily seen at night. Go a quick step further and add reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag. Another easy idea is to give kids flashlights or adorn them with glow stick bracelets or necklaces.
*Chances are many kids will be running the same streets, enjoying the same festivals, and wearing the same costume as your little one. It is a good idea to put a name tag with your phone number on your child’s costumes, to avoid any potential cases of mistaken identity.
*Teach your child that under no circumstance should they enter a home they visit, especially a stranger’s home. This is a simple but serious precaution for ensuring the safety of your trick or treater.
*Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible. This is particularly important for avoiding injury to themselves or others, should they take a tumble. Another costume concern are masks. They can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.
*Once your candy hunt has come to an end, it is time to check and divvy up the delicious loot.
1st – Check all treats to make sure they’re sealed.
2nd – Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages or spoiled items.
3rd. – Forego homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know and trust.
*Candy-comas and tummy aches often accompany Halloween but can be avoided. Offer a filling meal before your kids head out to trick-or-treat so they won’t be as tempted to scarf down too much of their haul. There is certainly room for leniency with a holiday that mostly focuses on enjoying free candy, but too much of a good thing is never a good thing. One good idea is to make the candy last by developing a daily allowance, as opposed to looping it into a giant bowl to be devoured at will.
Follow these simple safety tips and you will be on your way to having a ghoulishly good time this Halloween.
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