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How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Halloween is one of the best holidays for kids (and adults). However, Halloween can also be dangerous for several reasons. Below are some basic Halloween safety tips you can use to make Halloween a fun and safe experience for your children.

Inspect the Candy Before the Kids Dig In

This is probably one of the most common topics for Halloween safety. Children love to get candy and other goodies at Halloween. Unfortunately, not all of the treats are safe. This Halloween, parents should practice the following safety tips regarding Halloween candy and treats.

  • Inspect all candy and treats before allowing your child to choose items to eat.
  • Never allow children to eat candy that is unwrapped or opened. Throw away these pieces immediately.
  • Do not allow children to eat fruit, baked goods, or other homemade items. There was a time when we knew all of our neighbors well enough to enjoy baked goods at Halloween. That is definitely not the case today.
  • Do not allow children to eat candy while trick-or-treating. For smaller children who may not understand the concept, carry a few pieces of candy with you when you leave home to give to your child should other children begin eating their candy before you can thoroughly inspect the candy.
  • Avoid candy that is easily unwrapped and re-wrapped. It is easy to tamper with this type of candy.
  • When inspecting candy, looking for signs of tampering, such as torn wrappers, loose wrappers, or tiny pinholes.

Other safety tips to remember when choosing candy for Halloween:

  • Avoid small candy and toys that could pose a choking hazard.
  • If you are throwing a Halloween party, remember some children may be allergic to peanuts or other items. Avoid common allergens and ask parents for a list of any dietary restrictions.
  • Chocolate, academia nuts, and raisins are toxic for dogs. Keep candy and wrappers away from pets and other animals.
  • Consider attending a community or a church Halloween event if you live in an area where you are not familiar with your neighbors.
  • If you do find any signs of tampering or you find any objects in the candy, call your local police department immediately to file a report.

Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Children love to trick or treat. There is just something magical about putting on a costume, knocking on doors, and receiving free candy. However, trick or treating can turn dangerous in a matter of seconds. In neighborhoods with heavy traffic, children can easily be injured in pedestrian accidents.

Some costumes are constructed of dark material, making it difficult for drivers and others to see children. Place reflective strips along the hem of the costume to help your child be more visible. Give your child a flashlight to carry and purchase light-up novelties for your child to wear as part of the costume. However, be careful using glow sticks and bubble lights as these items could pose a hazard to children if the liquid is swallowed.

With regard to Halloween costumes. Many costumes have small pieces that can be choking hazards. Inspect your child’s costume to remove any items that could pose a choking hazard for small children. When using novelty makeup, follow all instructions for use very carefully. It is best not to use this makeup near the eyes. Novelty makeup sold at Halloween is often inexpensive; therefore, it may not be the best quality. Always wash off all makeup and hair sprays before going to bed — some brands can be toxic if left on overnight.

Consider A Halloween Party

Sometimes it is just safer to host a Halloween party instead of taking your child trick or treating. By hosting a Halloween party, you are in full control of every aspect. You choose the candy and the food as well as the games and activities. Your children are not out after dark nor are they accepting candy from strangers. Discuss throwing a party with several of your child’s friends — it is easier to share the responsibility with several families.

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