Halloween can be a fun holiday for both parents and kids. It is a day to dress up, get outside and celebrate! Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your family has a fun, safe, holiday.
Safety- Urge children not to accept unwrapped or homemade treats. Inspect your child’s loot for any signs of tampering, discoloration or tears in the wrapper. Throw away anything that you are not sure about.
Allergies- If your child has a food allergy, be sure to carefully check the label to make sure it does not contain the allergen. Again, do not allow the child to consume any homemade treats, as you have no control over what is used to make it.
Choking- If you have young children be sure to remove any gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as they could be choking hazards.
Costume safety- Make sure all swords, knives and other costume accessories are small, soft and flexible. Check for proper ventilation in costumes with masks. Think about using reflective tape on costumes when it is dark.
Use the buddy system- Make sure kids are not trick-or-treating alone. Be sure to walk in groups and with a trusted adult. Flashlights are very useful to see where you are stepping, and people coming your way.
Worried about potential allergic reactions to hidden nuts or dairy? Did you know, a teal pumpkin on someone’s porch means that they are giving out allergy-friendly treats?
To cut down on snacking while trick-or-treating , give your kiddos a light meal or snack before they head out. This will help them wait until they get home and a parent can inspect their bags for suspicious looking treats.
There are a ton of fun healthy snacks for kids to have on Halloween. Check out “Have a Healthy Halloween” post!