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Halloween Safety Tips for Children

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Halloween Safety Tips for Children

Trick or treating, fall festivals, and parties are all fun activities for our children. Keep your child safe with a few extra precautions.

Toddlers and preschoolers can disappear in the blink of an eye. Tether your child to you with a Velcro wrist strap around each of you with both ends hooked to a leash. Your child can’t run off if you get distracted or you drop your end of the leash.

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Does your little one know your name? Most young children only know you by Mommy or Daddy. Some may not know their own last name. For an extra safety precaution, make a label and attach to the inside of your child’s clothing before heading out for Halloween. On the label, include your child’s name, your name, phone number and address.

If your child gets separated from you, an adult has the chance to contact you. Don’t put the info on the child’s costume because an unsavory person could then call your child by name. You could write on a piece of masking tape “parent contact info on tee shirt under costume.”

Trick or Treat After Dark: More Safety Tips

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A safe Halloween is a happy Halloween for your children. Halloween is supposed to be dark and creepy, but not too dark. Below, are some tips to ensure that others will be able to see your kids after sundown as they make their way around the streetlamp-lit neighborhood.

Use reflective tape on the back of their costume as well as the front.

Blinking lights work better to bring attention to your child than steady lights. Tie a couple of LED mini flashlights onto your child’s candy bag one facing forward and one backward. As the child walks, the lights bobble up and down attracting attention.

Glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets work to bring visibility to your child as long as they’re not hidden by the child’s costume. Interlock some necklace glow in the dark loops down the child’s back as well as front. If a hat is part of the costume, ring the hat with glow-in-the-dark necklaces.

Play It Safe With Halloween Candy

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You probably know to check through your child’s bag of candy for anything that looks suspicious. However, most kids raid their trick-or-treat stash before they get home and you have a moment to check through the bags. To avoid this, bring along a Ziploc bag with your own candy and snacks for kids to take a treat as they go.

Homemade Halloween treats are the best, but most moms and dads don’t want their children accepting unwrapped treats from strangers or even neighbors they don’t know well. If you love to bake Halloween cookies to share with friends, just be sure that you pass out your homemade goodies inside, at the party. Any treats given away at the door to trick-or-treaters should be wrapped items purchased from the store.

Wrap Up

Halloween can be fun and safe as long as we always take the necessary safety precautions to make sure our children are safe at all times. Have fun and enjoy your spooky night out with the kiddos!

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