Dressing up costumes and collecting candy around the neighborhood is fun for children of all ages (yes, that means adults, too). With all of the excitement leading up to this holiday, it’s easy to overlook a few simple precautions. Use these safety tips to keep trick-or-treating spooky, not tragic:
When choosing a costume, make sure it will hold up to any weather that might occur during the night. Also make sure that the costume isn’t too long and hanging on the ground, which could cause a tripping hazard. Be cautious with any costume makeup; some kinds may cause irritation or rash. When done for the night, wash it off right away. Will your child be wearing a mask? Make sure it fits properly so they are comfortably able to see their surroundings.
Prepare for visitors to your house by clearing the sidewalk and driveway of any debris or objects that could be a tripping hazard for children. Also be sure your walkway is well-lit, so that all of the trick-or-treaters can easily see where they are going.
Because trick-or-treating times are generally after dark, it is important to take a few precautions while walking around. Attaching reflective tape to costumes and bags can help make children more visible. Also, carry a flashlight for any areas that are not lit by street lights. If you allow your children to go by themselves, make sure you know the route they are taking and have them check in every so often.
After your children have come home with their sacks of goodies, examine the treats to make sure none of them have been tampered with. It’s also a good idea to check out any homemade candy or treats. This is especially important if you have a child with any type of allergy.
Start a new tradition for kids with food allergies
This year FARE (Food Allergy and Research Education) is promoting their Teal Pumpkin Project. This idea is to help kids who have food allergies enjoy trick-or-treating just as much as other kids. Hand out nonfood items such as toys, stickers, or coloring books. That way, children with allergies won’t have to worry about what’s in their candy. Visit foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project for more information.
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