October 17th, 2014 at 8:56 pm
By Kim Ross
Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids! They get to dress up in costumes, trick-or-treat with friends, and get free candy. But with all that comes some concerns that you should discuss with your kids ahead of time. Safety first! Here are some things to think about, whether you’re taking your kids or they’re heading out with friends:
Costume Safety (For Parents)
- If you are trick or treating in the dark, make sure the costume is visible. Give your kids a flashlight or flickering necklace hold or wear while they’re out. There is also reflective tape you could add to the costume.
- Make sure the costume fits and isn’t hanging onto the ground, creating a tripping hazard. Also make sure any eye holes are big enough to be seen through.
- Any props like guns, swords, etc. should be evaluated as to whether they are really needed for the costume.
- Make sure any hair spray or makeup has been tested beforehand. Sometimes cosmetic substances like that can be irritating to the skin.
Trick or Treating Safety (For Kids)
- Stay in the neighborhood (parents and kids should discuss boundaries beforehand). Be careful when crossing the street. Watch for cars and obey any traffic signals.
- Never enter someone’s home, even if they invite you in.
- Only go to each house once.
- Don’t be greedy, take only one piece of candy (or two if the homeowner says you can) and leave the rest for other trick-or-treaters.
- Stay with your group and/or adult or parent at all times. Don’t wander off.
- Use manners – always say “thank you” after receiving your treats.
Candy Safety (For Parents)
- Check your children’s candy to see if anything has been tampered with, or if there is anything they are allergic to or should have because of certain dental or health issues. It’s generally a good idea to discard anything homemade or in unsealed bags.
Be safe and have lots of fun!!