Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

By Stacy Brown

Before your little ghosts and goblins head out for Halloween, read these important safety tips! Halloween is beyond exciting for kids—they get to stay up late, dress up and gorge on candy. They’re hyper, distracted and determined to make the most of the day (and night!), so parents need to make sure they stay visible, follow the rules of the road and don’t eat anything strange from their candy bag. Here are some quick tips to keep your Halloween safe!

1. Pick the Right Size

Make sure that costumes fit properly. Hems should be well above the ground to avoid tripping, and kids should have full range of motion.

2. Keep it Bright

Dark colors are obviously harder to see at night, so dress your kids up in bright costumes or add reflective accessories to dark getups.

3. Break out the Makeup

Since masks can obstruct vision, create the same idea with face paint. 

4. Dress Rehearsal

Before the big day, try the face paint to make sure your child doesn’t have a skin reaction. And of course be sure to wash it all off before tucking them into bed.

5. Non-Flammable Fabrics

Jack-o’-lanterns often have real candles inside, so opt for costumes with 100-percent synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and acrylic and avoid loose capes and glittery fabric, which tends to be more flammable. And to cut the risk, light up your own pumpkin with a battery-powered tea light or LED “candle.”

6. Get your Glow on

Light your kids up with glow sticks, bike lights clipped onto costumes and reflective tape. And give them a flashlight, or carry one with you.

7. Tiny Trick-or-Treaters

Little kids should always have an adult with them.

8. Go as a Group

Older kids should travel together, stick to a route they’ve cleared with their parents, check in by phone regularly, and have a set curfew to return home.

9. Choose Wisely

Don’t feel you have to hit every home on the block. Look for well-lit locations with pumpkins on display.

10. Stay on the Step

Kids should never enter strangers’s homes.

11. Rules of the Road

Set a good example and only cross the street at established crosswalks. If you are driving in residential areas, take it slow.

12. Ask for Help

Look for police officers if you require assistance or have any concerns to report.

13. Double Check

Before you let your kids dive in, dump the entire candy bag out and inspect it all. Throw out any packages that look like they’ve been opened, homemade, or repackaged.

14. Be Allergy Aware

If you’ve got a child with serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. Also watch for houses with a teal pumpkin out front - they're probably participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and will have non-food treats for trick-or-treaters!

15. Brush Up

Even though you're exhausted after the long night, don't skip on brushing those teeth! Sticky candies are cavities waiting to happen.

 

Original article: https://www.todaysparent.com/family/trick-or-treat-safety-tips/