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Halloween Safety- How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

Blog Halloween Safety- How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

Halloween is a time for celebration of all things scary. Trick-or-treating with your kids doesn’t have to be a scary experience, for you or for them. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween.

  • If possible, go trick-or-treating while it’s still light out. This will make it easier for you to keep track of your children and make sure they don’t wander into danger.
  • Go trick-or-treating with your kids until they’re old enough to go by themselves. Trick-or-treating together as a family allows you to keep an eye on them, and can also be fun for you. Put on a costume and head outside!
  • Get brightly colored costumes for the kids. Superheroes, knights, pumpkins, and even ghosts make great costumes for kids. Bright costumes assure that your kids will be as visible as possible to drivers, cyclists, and other people who will be out while you’re trick-or-treating with the family. You may even want to attach reflective materials to their costumes so the light from oncoming headlights will reflect off of them. You can also have them carry a flashlight. This can be especially useful if they are going trick or treating in an area that is not well lit at night.
  • Check their candy once they get home. Chances are, all of the candy will be safe, but check it just to make sure. Look at the candy to make sure the packaging hasn’t been tampered with in any way.
  • Speaking of candy, make sure you limit your kids’ overall candy consumption. Set guidelines such as letting them know they can have one or two pieces each day after Halloween until it runs out. Health is important and candy needs to be treated as a sometimes food.
  • In case something does happen, make sure you have a cellphone with an emergency number ready to go.

With these tips, your Halloween will be fun, and scary, but not too scary.

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