I love Halloween. Carving jack-o-lanterns, dressing up, bobbing for apples, haunted houses and of course trick-or-treating! Not to mention the boat load of candy the kids get (frugal tip: keep 1/2 back to put in Christmas stockings) that will last them until they graduate high school. In order to keep the holiday fun for everyone here are some Halloween safety tips for your family.
Halloween Safety Tips
1. Avoid costumes with excessive flowing fabric, think capes and baggie sleeves. Over sized costumes can be tripping hazards as well.
2. Decorate costumes with reflective stickers or tape. Or choose a costume that is brightly colored.
3. Inspect your kids treats. Don’t skip this important step. Throw out anything that has a loose wrapper, has been previously opened, looks tampered with, or just doesn’t “seem right”.
4. Always accompany children who are 12 years old or younger. Older kids should go in a group, remember there is safety in numbers!
5. Walk slow and remind kids to look both ways before crossing the street. With the Halloween holiday in full swing there will be extra traffic on the road.
6. As it is now getting darker outside earlier use a flash light to light your way. It will also help to increase your visibility and cars will be able to see your children easier.
7. Never let your children enter anyone’s home unless you know the homeowner.
8. Don’t allow young children to have small hard pieces of candy or anything else with small parts that could be a choking hazard.
9. Explain to younger children that “monsters” and other Halloween related things are just silly make believe things.
10. Attach each child’s name, phone number, and address to their clothing and treat bag in case they become separated from you. Printing out information and attaching to the back of a counter top sample chip works well. You can then use a piece of thread or string to tie it onto your child coat.
Remember to have lots of fun. We will be!