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Top Ten Family Halloween Safety Tips

October 29, 2012

Costumes, candy, and strangers: just a few of Halloween’s hallmarks that can make the holiday so fun…and so challenging. Keep our safety tips in mind for fun and stress-free seasonal celebration!

  1. Choose costumes wisely. Select material that is marked as flame retardant. Avoid masks that can obscure eyesight and airways, and opt for non-toxic makeup or hats instead. Attached reflective markers to the backs of legs, and to Trick-or-Treat bags.
  2. Many popular characters come with swords, canes, wands, or other sticks. Make sure your child’s accessory is flexible and soft, with no sharp edges.
  3. Carve it yourself! Allow your child to exercise his creativity by drawing a design on the face of your pumpkin with a marker, but leave the carving to adults. And try a flameless candle or glowstick inside your jack-o-lantern instead of a votive.
  4. Check to make sure your porchlight or driveway lighting is functional and turned on. This will deter mischief and will light a safe path for smaller children. Also take care to sweep any wet leaves from walkways and steps where trick-or-treaters may tread.
  5. Accompany younger children on their trick-or-treat routes, and check your local event calendars for safe trick-or-treat routes that wind through commercial centers, with planned activities for kids and traffic restrictions for safe wandering!
  6. Never allow children to approach a darkened home and do not enter any stranger’s home. Staying on the porch is safest!
  7. Don’t assume that cars will be on the lookout for little monsters on Halloween. Keep your eyes and ears open, and stay on sidewalks.
  8. Give your little trick-or-treaters a meal with plenty of grains, vegetables, and protein prior to going out to load up on loot. A child with a full belly won’t crave the same degree of instant gratification as a hungry one!
  9. Make sure your children understand that before they can eat any of their candy, a post trick-or-treat inspection is in order. Toss any candy that shows evidence of tampering or spoiling.
  10. In the days that follow Halloween, ration candy as much as possible, and allow it only after a balanced meal to keep everyone’s blood sugar (and mood!) steady.

Have fun this Halloween! It comes with its challenges, but there’s no other holiday that opens up such a world of creative options and opportunities for exploration. Your kids will remember their childhood Halloweens forever.

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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