Trick – Or – Treat Safety 101

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As soon as the leaves start falling it’s time to bundle up, break out the candy and brainstorm the best costume ideas. Of course this is also the time to spend a little more QT with your loveable ghouls. Be it a harvest day festival or a Halloween trick-or-treat trek through the neighborhood…Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

These Tips Will Keep Your Kids…..

  • Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
    • Sending an older sibling is a good idea but someone over 18 should always be nearby.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
    • To reduce cavities and promote good eating habits limit the amount of treats you eat to 3 pieces per night.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Never enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.
    • Never accept rides from strangers. NOT EVEN ON HALLOWEEN!!!
  • Do be sure to offer a variety of treats at your Halloween party, you never know what allergies children may have!
  • Secure masks and costumes and be sure shoes are tied to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Only buy a costume that is labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn.
    •  If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Never use colored or decorative contact lenses on your child, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor.
  • Don’t place candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries near doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Keep them on sturdy tables, place them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.

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