With Halloween right around the corner, keep the following tips in mind to celebrate Halloween safely with your little monsters:
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- Avoid tripping hazards such as costumes that drag on the ground, loose masks and footwear that’s hard to walk in. For younger children, hold their hand and help them up and down stairs or porches.
- Only use makeup that is meant for the face and avoid applying it around the eyes, nose and mouth. A patch test should be used on children with sensitive skin to make sure the makeup won’t be irritating.
- Keep kids warm by adding layers such as undershirts or tights underneath costumes. Hand warmers and gloves can help prevent cold fingers as well.
- If you know your child will get tired early, or if trick-or-treating goes past your child’s normal bed time, look for alternate Halloween activities offered earlier in the day.
- If trick-or-treating goes until after dark, be prepared with flashlights to make sure your child can see and try to stay in well-lit areas. On the flip side, consider adding reflective tape to his or her costume to make sure others can see your child.
- Stay safe from traffic by using sidewalks and crosswalks wherever possible.
- If your child has food allergies, Halloween can be especially frightening for parents. Check out this article on how to take the fright out of food allergies.
- When your child is done trick-or-treating, check their bag of treats for choking hazards and tampering before you let your child eat them.
- To prevent sugar overload, let your child keep their favorites and give the rest away or participate in a candy buyback program.