Halloween is always a fun and exciting time for kids, but there are many potential hazards to look out for. Keep your little monsters safe this year with these Halloween Safety Tips!
2. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Children should walk in groups of other children they know well, or with a trusted adult. Make sure all children know that they should wait for everyone to regroup before visiting the next home, so that no one gets separated from the group.
3. Do not accept home-baked goods, open beverages or unwrapped candy. Candy apples and other baked goods can be enticing for children, but you just never know what might be in them. Carry a few bottles of water in case your children get thirsty while trick-or-treating.
4. Examine all candy for evidence of tampering. Children should not eat any candy until they are home, and an adult has checked all candy. Things to check for include loose or ripped wrappers, candy that is not in its original packaging, holes or punctures in wrappers or boxes, lumps or bulges under wrappers, candy that has passed its expiration date, candy brands that you have never heard of, candy that has a strange smell.
5. Check all candy for choking hazards. Only let your children eat candy that is appropriate for their age.
6. Do not enter the homes of strangers.
7. Choose costumes that fit your child well to avoid tripping and falling.
8. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure they are able to see and breathe well through it.
9. Always look both ways before crossing the street.
10. Never get into a vehicle with a stranger.
11. Only visit well-lit houses.
12. Carry a flashlight to help you see, and to help others see you.
13. Make your children even more visible by having them wear glow bracelets or necklaces.
14. Have your child wear a whistle around their neck, to be used in the event of an emergency.
15. Make sure your children know all the ground rules before going out for the night.