Help Keep Halloween Safe and Sweet for Trick-or-Treaters with These Tips
Sending your little goblins and witches out in the dark of Halloween to collect candy from people you may not necessarily know can be a scary prospect for parents.
Before trick-or-treating begins, consider this checklist (based largely on advice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
- Pick a light, bright costume drivers can see easily. Trim costumes and candy sacks with reflective tape, that can be easily found at hardware, bicycle and sporting good stores.
- Avoid costumes that restrict breathing or obscure vision. If possible, use cosmetics instead of a mask. Secure hats so they won't slip over a child's eyes and choose shoes that fit well to prevent falls.
- Costumes, masks and fake hair should be flame resistant. However, that simply means they will resist catching fire and extinguish easily, so kids should still watch out for candles and other open flames.
- Children should only accept commercially packaged, unopened treats without evidence of tampering. Ask them not to eat any goodies until an adult inspects them. Feed kids beforehand to help them resist temptation.
- Remind kids to walk, not run, and use sidewalks if possible. They should only go to homes with a welcome light on, and never go inside the home of someone they don't know.