Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids┬áLike most moms when the back to school frenzy has ended, you’re likely in the midst of fall fundraisers from every organization imaginable. And with the holiday season comes family, friends, food, festivities- so many terrific things.

But I wanted to touch base and cover a some Halloween safety tips for kids. We all know how important this is, so in the middle of all the fun, let’s take a moment and go over a few tips so we can keep safety top of mind and our kids top priority.

  1. [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1894786874″ locale=”us” height=”275″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510Y30nzYzL.jpg” width=”200″]Make sure to plan your trick or treat activities in small groups. Aside from the enjoyment of being with friends, there is always safety in numbers. Don’t enter the home of anyone you don’t know.
  2. If you’re going to be out after sundown, use either reflective tape on your costume or pick up a simple battery operated blinking bike light that can clip on your clothing. Always bring a flashlight.
  3. While you want your children to be courteous don’t allow any homemade treats to be eaten unless they’ve been offered by a trusted neighbor, friend or relative.
  4. Always go through any of your children’s treats upon arriving home. Discard any unwrapped or partially wrapped items as well as any with questionable packaging.
  5. When considering your child’s costume which he/she may wear to school, exercise discretion. Make sure your childrens’ costumes aren’t too cumbersome. Toy knives, guns and swords should not be brought to school- most public schools ban these, thankfully. In addition refrain from using masks or other over the head items on your children as this could present a suffocation risk. Make sure they can see and move properly.
  6. [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0736422323″ locale=”us” height=”175″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q75D1Z52L.jpg” width=”200″]Do not open your door to strangers after dark. Children should never open the door at anytime without adult supervision. And if you want to rid yourself of the temptation of all those extra treats, just place them on a bowl outside your door. The same holds true for when you no longer wish to have people ringing your bell.
  7. If you’re the one offering treats, you might want to choose to keep anything with peanuts in a separate container. It’s not necessary but it’s always a kind and appreciated gesture with severe childhood peanut allergies on the rise. In our house I usually have spare change and small tubes of bubbles for those whose medical status prevents them from having sweets.
  8. Review any rules with your children beforehand. It’s also a good opportunity to remind them to use good manners by saying,”thank you”. Most of all HAVE FUN!

What can you do with all that candy you don’t need or want? Call your family dentist. Many offices buy back candy from kids and send the treats overseas for our military. Or try the “Switch Witch.”

Here are some other links that provide safety tips during Halloween:

http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm187021.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

So follow these simple Halloween safety tips for kids and have a “spooktacular” time!

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Kari October 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for helping to keep us all safe this Halloween season.

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