From candy to costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled evening for toddlers and parents alike.
It’s an evening like no other filled with sweet treats, imaginary scares and chilling costumes. It’s also the one night of the year when it’s necessary, even fashionable, for parents to have eyes in the back of their heads.
Take these quick and easy precautions to help your little boys and ghouls have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween this year.
- Avoid costumes that dangle or trail on the ground. Costumes also should be warm and flame-resistant.
- Swords, knives and other accessories should be made out of soft, flexible material.
- Use reflective tape on your little goblin’s costume to make her more visible to motorists.
- Don’t let children cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clotheslines are difficult to see in the dark.
- Attach the name, address and phone number of your child to her costume.
- Trick-or-treat in familiar areas.
- Inspect all the loot the kids bring home before it is eaten. Homemade treats and items not in their original wrappers should be discarded, unless you know where they came from. If fruit or candy looks tampered with, cut it up to check for pins or other hazards. Report any tampering to authorities.
- If they have a full meal before they start out, they’ll be less tempted to eat their treats before inspection. Take along a box of raisins to tide them over.
- Make sure kids are seated when they eat their treats. Choking most often occurs when a child is walking or running around with food. Avoid foods that cause the most fatal choking accidents, such as nuts, grapes, popcorn, round candy, hard cookies, and apple chunks or slices.
(c) 2016. Article adapted from The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth(R). Used under license.