Keep Your Kids Safe for Halloween

Ask kids what their favorite holiday is, and there is a high probability they answer: HALLOWEEN!!!
After all, they get to dress up like their favorite character/hero, collect a ton of candy and stay up past their normal bedtime.

Of course, you want your kids to enjoy this hauntingly fun night, but like most parents you are concerned about their safety. We have put together the ultimate checklist for keeping your kids safe when they go trick-or-treating.

1 Costume Safety
Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant.
Choose makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct your child’s vision.
Use makeup that is non-toxic so it will not cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

2 Light them up
Too many kids get hit by cars on Halloween.
Add a few pieces of reflective tape to your child’s costume and candy bag to increase their visibility. You could also use glow bracelets or necklaces to increase visibility, although glow items are usually recommended for ages 3 and up.  As an alternative, put a blinking bicycle light on them.

3 Candy Check
Before your child heads out to trick-or-treat, give them a healthy and filling meal, so that they won’t fill up on candy.  We all know kids love eating their candy as soon as they can, but make sure you have a chance to inspect everything first to verify that all items received have their original wrapper.
Hard candy tops the list of food that most often sends kids to the emergency room.
Consider buying some of your child’s favorite candy to trade out for the candy you need to remove from their candy stash.

4 Neighborhood safety
Do not allow your little ones to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision. If your older children do go out alone, make sure that they go in groups and have a cell phone charged and available. They will need to have memorized their address and emergency phone numbers.
Remind children to use the sidewalks and walk against traffic.

5 Make your home safe
If you will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, make sure that the entry way to your home is well lit and free from items that kids can trip on.
Your pets could be scared and stressed with the constant ringing of the doorbell. To avoid any risk of dog bites, put your pets in another room so they don’t run outside or get in the way when you open the door.
If you take your dog out trick-or-treating with you and don’t want an expensive trip to the vet, keep candy out of reach and don’t let strangers give them treats without asking your permission. Ensure your furry friend is micro-chipped and properly tagged with your contact information in case it runs away.

But the most important thing: have fun with your kids !!!