Halloween Safety Tips For Trick-Or-Treating
I can't believe it's almost Halloween but I'm sure your kids are all set and ready to go. You probably have made sure they are safe when they go out trick or treating but just in case, I came across some safety tips from Good Morning America. You probably know these by now, but check them out after the jump.
Wear Bright Clothing
You should know this by now, but always make sure children wear bright, reflective costumes when they go trick-or-treating at night. You can always give them glow sticks to carry if their costumes blend into the dark.
Test Face Paint
Okay this is another obvious Halloween safety tip, but make sure you test face paint first to make sure it doesn't irritate your child's skin. This is always a good idea. I remember a friend of mine painted her daughter's face without testing the paint first and her daughter's skin became red and irritated.
Don't Wear Long Costumes
Maybe your daughter wants to be a princess or your son wants to be a ghost. Regardless, make sure the costume isn't too long because they could trip or the bottom of the costume could get caught in someone's door. You also wouldn't want the bottom of something to be near candles if someone has them set up on their porch. Talk about ruining your evening if something were to get caught.
Don't Let Young Kids Trick-Or-Treat Alone
As I mentioned earlier, I found these tips on Good Morning America. This one they suggest kids younger than 12-years-old shouldn't go trick-or-treating by themselves. Personally, I think 10 to 12-year-olds are fine if they go out trick-or-treating with their friends. As long as they check in periodically with their parents, I don't see a problem. Anyone younger than this should probably be accompanied by an adult. This probably depends on where they plan on trick-or-treating.
Examine Children's Candy
My co-workers and I were just talking about our parents checking our candy when we were younger to make sure there weren't any suspicious pieces in our bags. Experts say you should still check everything before your kids break into everything. I think this is just an excuse for the adults to get some candy.