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Is your child trick-or-treat-ready?
Here are the top five things parents can do to ensure a fun, safe Halloween for their child:
- Choose trip-proof costumes
- If you child wants to wear a mask, eye holes should be larger than their own eyes for optimal vision and to avoid dangers such as a raised sidewalk or stray animal
- Opt for non-toxic face paint over masks
- Avoid dangerous props such as swords and canes that could get in the way
- Wear shoes that fit
- Trick or Treating Safety
- Advise children to go only to homes where the porch light is on
- Make sure they only Trick-or-treat with family members or friends
- Recommend that they stick close to home so they won’t get lost in unfamiliar neighborhoods
- Never go inside a stranger's home.
- Traffic Safety
- Opt for non-toxic face paint for your child over masks to best ensure they can see on-coming traffic
- Have children carry something that glows in the dark, such as a glowing necklace or treat bag, to ensure they can been seen by drivers
- Apply reflective tape to costumes
- Prepare for emergencies
- Equip your child with a cell phone. That way, you can check in or they can call for help if needed.
- A trusted adult should accompany trick-or-treaters
- Safe Treats
- Before kids begin eating the treats, parent should take a good look at them
- Toss anything that’s loose or not in it’s original wrapper
- Toss fresh fruit
For more Halloween or other safety tips click here www.childrensdmc.org/kidshealth.