Seasonal Safety Tips – How to help keep your child safer on Halloween
Babies in pumpkin outfits, toddlers playing pirate, and kindergartners waving wands: there's nothing cuter than seeing your little one dressed up for Halloween. While it's known as a time for scares; no one wants to place their children in danger. Help keep them safe while they're celebrating by remembering the following tips.
Take a break from candles and use safer "flickering" lights inside your jack o'lantern. These little battery-powered lights can be used for several Halloweens and can be left unattended, unlike candles which need to be watched constantly.
Don't Trip or Treat
Whether you pick out a costume or get creative with materials from home, make sure to check the length before sending your child to the Halloween party. If you find it too long, hem it up to avoid falls.
Taking your little creature around the neighborhood for trick or treat? Be sure to keep an eye out for decorations. A scary skeleton that might amuse older children could scare your little one into running back out into the street.
Stay in Sight
With daylight savings time pushed into November in recent years, trick or treating while it's still light out is easier than ever. Some families skip the door to door treats these days and instead choose to go to community sponsored events. Whatever you do, if dark begins to fall, be sure you'll be able to keep an easy eye on your child by incorporating glow-in-the-dark elements to the costume. And don't forget the flashlight!
Masks can make it hard for your child to see, breathe and will also cause limited vision. Be creative and safe by using nontoxic face paint instead.
Candy is one of the fun things about Halloween, but parents need to help keep it safe instead of scary. Always check your child's candy before allowing them to sort through it themselves. Homemade treats have mostly disappeared, but be sure to accept these only from neighbors you know. Some candies are choking hazards, so keep an eye on smaller children or take them away.
We know how smart toddlers can be. You may choose to get some of your child's favorite (and safer) treats ahead of time to sub in for candy you'd rather not give them. And, of course, help prevent tummy aches by limiting snacking to a piece or two at a time. That goes for you too Mom and Dad!