Whether dressing up as their favorite sports hero, spooky goblin, or world-saving superhero, kids love to dress up and celebrate Halloween with friends, family, and candy! Halloween is exactly one week from today, and we have provided some tips on how to stay safe with children during the trick-or-treat festivities. (courtesy of Readers Digest www.rd.com)
1. Plan a Route in Advance – Trick or treating is a lot of walking, and amongst the journey there is a good chance you and your children could deviate off course. Either with your phone, computer, or in your head it’s best to map out specific streets or neighborhoods where you want to keep the trick-or-treating to.
2. Wear Comfy Shoes – It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, or sunny with a light breeze. Trick-or-treating involves plenty of walking and you will want to be comfortable for it. Choose shoes that have a stable sole and will keep your feet warm and comfortable
3. Stay Well-Lit – Some neighborhoods offer adequate street lighting while others pose a more dangerous setting where cars might not have the benefit of street lights. Use at least one bright flashlight that will be seen by cars, also look into wearing reflectors on your back for drivers to see.
4. Avoid Masks – Masks are always a popular choice to complete the perfect scary monster costume. However, masks can pose both a breathing and choking hazard for children.
5. Use Flexible Props – The most popular costumes usually come with swords, and sharp objects that although are designed for play, do pose a hazard. When buying a costume with props choose ones that don’t have sharp objects
6. Check Your Child’s Candy – Many candies can either be old, not safe for children, or unhealthy. If your children have an allergy then make sure the candy you feed them is safe to eat.
Halloween is always one of the funnest times of the year for children! We hope these tips will keep you and your little ones safe all while enjoying the frights and sights of October 31st!