Halloween season is here! It’s time for cool weather, spooky costumes, and of course–candy. Halloween is a scary fun, but it doesn’t have to be frightening. Check out these tips to keep kids safe and healthy during Halloween. Make this Halloween a trick-free treat!
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Tips to Keep Kids Safe and Healthy During Halloween
While there isn’t anything that is unsafe about Halloween, kids are walking around, in the dark, going to strangers’ houses. Not to mention, eating too much candy can have some adverse effects. Following these safety tips can help Halloween be a safe night and let everyone enjoy the fun.
1. Keep the Costume Safe
Halloween costumes make the night. It is important to make sure that the costumes are safe for kids.
- Makeup not masks- Masks can obstruct your child’s view and make it difficult to breathe. Use makeup instead of having kids wear masks. Make sure the makeup and face paint is non-toxic. Make sure to do a test of the makeup on your child’s skin to check for allergic reactions.
- Any hats being worn should be fitted to make sure it doesn’t slide off children’s eyes.
- Keep costumes short- Long costumes can drag on the ground. This can cause a tripping hazard, especially at night. Make sure to purchase the correct size when getting the costume. If the costume is too long, hem the bottom to bring it up to a safe length.
- Add reflective tape – Many costumes are not made with safety in mind. Add reflective tape to make it easier to see your child in the dark. If the tape will “ruin the look” of the costume, add reflective tape to shoes and to the Trick or Treat Bag.
- Glow Sticks- Another option besides reflective tape is glow sticks. Glow sticks can be worn as necklaces or bracelets and even anklets.
2. Bring a Flashlight
It is important to have a flashlight. All of the kids and the escorts should have a flashlight to lead the way. Light up wands and glow in the dark jewelry will help light the way too. It can be hard to see while walking in the dark, even with streetlights. There could be obstacles in the way or the sidewalk could be uneven.
3. Eat Before You Go
Hungry kids will eat more candy than they should. That is the fast track for a belly ache. Eating a healthy dinner before the munchkins head out for Trick or Treating helps to ensure that they have the energy to walk from house to house and keep them from filling up on candy.
4. Choose the Route
It is important to know the route the kids will be walking for Halloween, even if you will be with them. Make sure the area is well lit. Remind kids to not take shortcuts down dark alleys and to stay on the streets you have agreed upon. It is also important to think about how far the walk will be. Remember however far the walk is, there is walking back as well. Make sure kids know how long it takes to walk so that they can be back on the agreed upon time.
5. Stay in a Group
If kids are walking around without an adult, make sure kids know to stay in a group. Remind kids to not wander off from their friends and that they need to stay together.
6. Walking Safely
Kids need to know where to walk, and should stay on the sidewalks or on the paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far left as possible. When crossing the street it is best to cross at the corners. Remind kids to look left, right and then left again and to keep watching for cars even as they cross the street. Look for crosswalks when possible.
7. Choose the Right Houses
It important to go to the right houses. Only visit houses that have porch lights one. Kids should never go into someone’s house or car in order to get the treats. Tell children to wait on the porch or step while the homeowner gets the treats.
8. Bring a Cell Phone
Make sure kids have a cell phone with them so you can reach them quickly. It will be helpful if kids get lost in a neighborhood they do not know or if they get separated from their friends.
9. Check the Candy and Limit Candy Consumption
After the kids have come home with their loot, it is important to check the candy before the kids have a chance to eat it. Throw away anything that is not in its original packaging, has tears or holes in it or looks like it has been tampered with. It is better safe than sorry.
Eating too much Halloween candy at once can have some adverse effects. Consider limiting candy to a set amount per day or swap some of it out for toys or even cash.
According to a recent Crest survey, 72.7% of mothers limit their children to a maximum of 10 pieces of candy on Halloween. Fathers set their child’s candy limit a bit higher, with over 60% setting limits between 11 – 31+.
Additionally, Kids looking to swap their candy for cold, hard cash or toys will have a better chance with dad. 23.59% of Dads said they would offer to buy back their kids’ candy as a way to limit their children’s candy consumption. Only 8.95% used this tactic. Dads are also more likely to trade candy for toys or other small gifts. 38.53% of Dads use this tactic whereas only 14.48% of Moms would.
10. Maintain Good Oral Health
It is important to maintain a good oral health routine during the Halloween holiday – one that includes extra brushing and flossing. A recent survey done by Crest found that only 48% of adults enforce a stricter teeth brushing/flossing routine on Halloween for themselves. However, 70% parents enforce stricter teeth brushing/routines on Halloween for their children. There’s still time to visit Amazon.com and stock up on Crest before Halloween.
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I hope some of these tips will help to keep your family safe and healthy during Halloween.