As parents, we need to make sure our kids have a great Halloween but do it in the safest way possible. With a little bit of thought and planning, your Halloween will be even more enjoyable because you’ll know you did everything possible to prepare your kids for safe trick or treating.
Here are some key safety tips to remember:
- Make your kids eat dinner before setting out. This way they have energy to trick or treat and are not tempted to eat uninspected candy from their bags.
- Send your child out with a cell phone or have them trick or treat with someone who has a cell phone.
- Have your child trick or treat with a group and know who the children are and where they live.
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
- Discourage your older children from trick or treating alone.
- Make sure they have a flashlight.
- If you buy a Halloween costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
- Older children should know when their curfew is and consequenses for disobeying curfew.
- You should know where they’re going; know their route.
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
- Remind your children with allergies to ask if candy has nuts before accepting a treat. If necessary, have them carry an epi-pen and a cell phone.
These are your rules and you should stand by them! Make sure your kids have their safety tips outlined in Part I of this blog. Stay Tuned for tomorrow’s blog: Halloween Safety Tips Part II: Homeowner and Neighbor tips.