Halloween is just around the corner and kids of all ages are already thinking about what they want to be this year. While trick-or-treating can be loads of fun for kids, there are many dangers as well. Here are seven tips on how to have a fun and safe Halloween this year!
1. Have your child wear bright costumes or add reflective tape to goody bags. Visibility at night is a major concern for kids and parents. Bright colored costumes keep kids from blending in with their surroundings, especially when crossing the street. If your child is determined to wear that black outfit, consider adding reflective tape to their costume or trick-or-treat bucket, or give them a glow necklace to wear as a necklace or crown.
2. Skip the masks and go crazy with makeup. Masks can limit a child’s vision and cause accidents like tripping or not seeing vehicles in the street. Makeup is a much safer alternative that still let’s kids be spooky this Halloween! Make sure to test any makeup or face paint on a small part of your child’s skin a few days before trick-or-treating. No one wants a surprise allergic reaction!
3. Make sure to check your child’s candy for tampering or out-of-date food. Talk with your kids about not eating their candy until they come home. A great way to sort candy and take out all of the rejects is with a game! For an easy, educational candy sorting game, please read this idea by Candy Mama (http://teachingmama.org/halloween-candy-sorting/). Not only does it let you see each piece of candy to determine whether it is safe, but it encourages your child to learn the differences in size and color!
4. Arguably one of the most exciting parts of Halloween is decorating pumpkins! A way to let your child enjoy the fun without having to worry about sharp knives is to decorate pumpkins with non-toxic markers, paint, and glitter!
5. The number of children who are hit by cars is four times higher on Halloween than on any other night, so if you're trick-or-treating with more than three children it is a good idea to try and have another adult with you just in case. Always hold your child's hand, especially when crossing the street, and stay on the sidewalks whenever possible. Keep an eye out for cars coming in and out of driveways.
6. When handing out candy to other children, make sure you turn the porch light and any driveway lights on, remove hard to see toys or furniture from the front lawn where people could trip, and keep pets away from the front of the house so that children won't be spooked. Also remember to place any lit jack-o'-lanterns out of reach of children; kids can get burned or their costumes might catch fire.
7. Remember to talk to your kids beforehand about stranger danger. Make sure they know to only visit well-lit houses and never accept rides from strangers, and give them a plan for if they were to get seperated from you for any reason. This way, everyone can stay safe and have a fun Halloween!
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