Expert tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating
Ensure costumes are safe.
Making costumes colorful and bright helps to identify children when it is dark out, and you can add some reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treating bags. Additionally, parents should ensure that their child’s costume is a good fit, which will help to prevent trips and falls from oversized outfits. Costume accessories should be safe—not too sharp, too heavy, or dangerous.
Sort candy first, eat later.
Regarding candy, it’s best to hold off eating any treats until the children have arrived back home and parents can go through their candy bags to ensure which candy is acceptable—this includes avoiding unopened candy, as well as hard and sucker candies for younger children. And, of course, if your child has any allergies, be sure to read all the labels. Waking up with a bellyache Nov. 1 is never fun, so it is best to have children choose a few (one-three) of their favorite treats to enjoy Halloween night and then slowly give the rest out over the next few days to weeks.
Above all, remember to have fun!