I hope you all have a safe Halloween. We went to a festival over the weekend but aren't doing anything tonight. Some of you might be taking your kids out trick-or-treating tonight. Here are some ways to help keep your little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and zombies safe and sound on Halloween:
- Start off with a pre-trick-or-treating bash. Serve healthy snacks and a good meal to the kids that are fun to make time go quick waiting for it to get dark, and so the kids don't go out on empty stomachs.
- Make sure there is a safe, clear walkway to your house. Make sure there are no places where people could trip and fall outside in the dark.
- Make sure costumes are safe and comfortable for your kids. Make sure they can walk without tripping, and they don't have masks that cover their eyes. Make sure they aren't too dark either and can be seen by cars and other people at night. Use glow sticks and/or reflectors if they are all in black or dark clothing.
- Judge your children by maturity, not age. When figuring out whether your child is old enough to go out trick-or-treating without mom and dad, judge on whether they are mature enough and not on whether their friends are all doing it. Kids usually go out in groups around the 6th grade but sometimes kids are not mature enough.
- Let the younger children have some autonomy by letting them go up to some houses by themselves. Make sure they only go up to well-lit welcoming houses. And with all the sticky things like candy and pumpkins, make sure to bring along, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipe Travel Packs to ensure hands stay clean on the go
- Check all the candy before letting your children eat it. Check the candy to make sure it is all safe, in the original packaging, and there are no questionable items. If your child has an allergy, be especially vigilant.