Halloween is a great day for kids, but is also one in which caution and safety should be considered.
Halloween is a famously loved holiday by kids everywhere. It’s a fun time to dress up like silly or scary characters and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
Be sure your kids are safe while trick-or-treating with these quick tips……
No hospital has ever reported children in the emergency with pins, needles, nails, poison or other objects in their Halloween candy.
Wear bright colors
Both parents and kids should wear brightly colored clothing. If you are wearing a costume that is dark in color, apply reflective tape to parts of your clothes or shoes. (Many communities now enforce a trick-or-treating curfew to prevent children from roaming after dark. Be sure to check for any curfew rules that may apply to your community.)
Be sure your child can see
Smaller children love store-bought costumes of their favorite characters, those sometimes come complete with a facemask. Before you leave the house, double-check to make sure your child can see properly through the eyeholes of any mask of face covering. This will help to prevent them from tripping, falling or running into something while they trick-or-treat.
Check the makeup ingredients!
Make-up can play a vital part in designing a Halloween costume. What some parents do not realize, however, is that not all make-up is hypoallergenic and can cause allergic reactions. Some apparent allergic reactions are hives, rashes and itchiness on the face or body parts that the make-up was applied to.
To test the make-up prior to application, place a small amount on the inside of your child’s wrist a few days prior to Halloween. If there is no reaction after an hour, the make-up can be deemed safe for use.
Visit familiar places
Take your children to trick-or-treat at places where you know people and the surrounding area. This isn’t the best time to visit a new neighborhood or part of town you’ve never been to before, even if they have full-size candy bars.
Reflective strips can be adhered to costumes in order to increase your child’s visibility. You can purchase reflective strips at either a Halloween costume store or at your local fabric store. The strips come in a variety of colors and sizes so you can match them up with your child’s costume.
Light the Way!
Flashlights are a necessity, especially if trick or treating after dark. In addition to carrying flashlights, you can add safety tags to the flashlights and treat pails with your child’s information in case small children get separated from the group or lost.
Obey the rules
If you are trick-or-treating in a city, remember to follow traffic safety rules.
Always look both ways before crossing the street.
Stay on the sidewalks and walk at a normal pace.
In some cities it is considered illegal to wear a mask covering your entire face in public places.
Know when the trick-or-treat hours are for your location and head home when time is up.
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