Halloween is an exciting time of year for children of all ages. On October 31, Halloween night, children and families dress up in costume and go door-to-door “trick or treating.” Traditionally, and still in some cultures, Halloween – or All Hallows Eve – was a time of year to remember the dead. We now celebrate with treats and costumes.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure your family has a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
1) Make it a family event by trick or treating with your children; if possible, avoid letting children trick or treat alone.
2) Bundle up! Many children don’t want to wear a coat as it covers their costume – if they are trick or treating outside be sure they dress warmly.
3) Give your child a bag to put their treats in – many of us remember using our pillow cases as trick or treat bags! Make sure the bag is easy to hold onto as your child will need to be able to open and close it when receiving treats.
4) Try bringing a flashlight if trick or treating outside – it will help you and your child see in the dark!
5) Be visible! Reflective clothing helps to ensure your child is visible in the dark, especially from cars.
6) Watch out for firecrackers! Firecrackers have become popular on Halloween night, but may not be suitable for all children or pets.
7) Do a quick safety check of all candy before it is consumed, such as spreading the candy on a table to look at each item to see if it is safe and easy to eat for your child.
8) If you decide not to participate in Halloween festivities, and would like to avoid having children knock on your door, just close your curtains and turn off the lights in front of your house. This is also helpful if you run out of candy!
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