Ever think about how strange some of our Halloween traditions are?
The biggest one probably being that we encourage kids to ask strangers
for candy. But, your little trick-or-treaters are undoubtedly more
concerned about the candy they will collect than their safety. So,
check out these Halloween safety tips to ensure your little ghosts and
goblins have a fun (and safe) night.
1. The Perfect Costume = the right length + easy to see!
The number one, most important Halloween safety tip: make sure other
drivers can see your child! If your trick-or-treater has their heart
set on being a stealthy ninja, deck out their costume with glow sticks
and fun, light-up necklaces. Let them pick out their glow sticks and
necklaces at the store. This can help them get excited about the idea
and more likely to wear them.
2. Do a Quick Skin Test of Any Costume Makeup or Face Paint
No need to completely paint up their face, just apply a small
amount of the makeup to their skin and wait to see if any redness
or skin irritation appears. It’s better to find out if their
butterfly princess makeup is going to turn them into a zombie
princess before you’re out in the crowded streets trying to enjoy Halloween.
3. Explain the Spooky Sights They May See
For young children, it will be important to explain what they may
see before you head out for trick-or-treating. Explain that the
costumes look scary but are just kids in masks. You can also equip
them with some coping strategies, such as:
This will help keep them calm so you can focus on other child
4. Stay Safe, Stay Outside
Remind your trick-or-treaters that they should never enter a
stranger's house to get Halloween Candy. Even if they can see the
candy bowl or other kids go in the house, make sure they know to
5. Keep Watch for Choking Hazards
Keep children’s trick-or-treating bags with you rather than
letting them snack while you drive. This way you can check their
bag for candy or toys that may pose as a choking hazard before
they put it in their mouth.
6. Read the Labels and Inspect
Every year we hear about the crazy things people may be trying to
sneak into children's Halloween candy. So, it's a good idea to go
through their candy and look for anything suspicious.
Signs of tampering with Halloween candy may include:
If any of your trick-or-treaters have allergies it's also important
to read their candy's labels and the candy of anybody they may share with.
7. Be Cautious of Homemade Treats
A good rule of thumb is to tell your kids to only accept homemade
treats from people you all know. If a stranger is giving out
homemade treats, they can either politely decline or move on to
the next house.
8. Save a Jack-O-Lantern, Paint a Pumpkin
You probably jump at the thought of handing a knife to a small
child. While carving pumpkins may be a fun tradition, young
children shouldn't be handling a knife. Even the plastic carving
tool-kits are surprisingly sharp. For optimal child safety, try
one of these alternatives:
9. Make your Jack-O-Lantern Glow
Swap out the candles for glow sticks. Even though the candles that go
in pumpkins are small, having an open flame while children are roaming
the sidewalks and yards can be disastrous. Play it safe and light up
your pumpkins with a glow stick or battery operated candle.
10. Clear Out the Yard
Remember, kids don't always follow the sidewalk to your door. Even if
you're not going to be home to hand out candy, make sure your yard is
free of tripping hazards. Also, turning your porch light on may help
avoid injuries. If you're not passing out candy, leave a sign on your
door but keep your house lit.
For more Halloween safety tips check out this article from HealthyChildren.org.
And most importantly, have fun! Child safety is important and we hope
these Halloween safety tips will help your family have a fun and safe
night of trick-or-treating.
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