It’s that time again, when all the little goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes head out for an evening of collecting candy from strangers. Here’s a list of tips to make sure they stay safe:
- Be sure their costumes are a good fit, not too long or baggy. You don’t want them to trip and/or fall.
- If their costume requires make up, test it in a small area first. And, be sure to remove it before bedtime. If not, it may irritate their skin or eyes.
- Be sure their costumes are flame-resistant and remind them to stay away from lit candles or any open flames.
- Over-the-counter contact lenses can be a serious eye-injury risk so be careful when allowing your kids to wear them.
- If your kids are going trick-or-treating without you (at least 12 years old), make sure they’re always in a group or with an adult you know and trust.
- If your kids will be trick-or-treating at night, be sure to put reflective tape on their costumes and treat bags to help drivers see them. Also, think about sending them out with a small flashlight.
- Be sure they know the rules of street crossing: look both ways and use crosswalks wherever possible.
- Check all treats for tampering before letting your kids eat them.
- Only let your kids eat store-bought, wrapped treats. Throw away any homemade treats made by strangers.
Here’s to a happy and safe Halloween!