Who doesn’t have fond memories of getting all dressed up in a spooky costume and hitting the neighborhood on the hunt for tricks or treats (but mostly treats) every Halloween?
This is a great holiday to share with your children, filled with great photo opportunities and parties with thrilling games. Before getting caught up in all the Halloween-hoopla, follow these tips to ensure the fun on your block doesn’t turn into nightmare on Elm Street.
Here are some helpful Halloween safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Never let your child trick or treat alone.
- Make sure your child can see and walk in his or her costume .
- Take flashlights and wear reflective strips if venturing out in the dark.
- Have smaller kids hold hands with an adult and look both ways before crossing the street.
- Examine all candy for choking hazards or suspicious-looking packaging before eating.
- Avoid eating handmade treats from strangers.
- Never go into the home of a stranger.
- Make sure costume props such as guns or swords are short, soft and flexible.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever you can to stay out of traffic.
- Drive cautiously through your neighborhood when you know trick-or-treaters are present and remember what you learned in driver’s education when making a turn or backing out: look left, right, then left again, and then proceed.