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Tips to Keep Your Little Trick-or-Treaters Safe this Halloween

Halloween is fun and is meant to be frightful, but accidents are no fun and on Halloween it is important that we take extra care to ensure that our children are safe when they go to parties or trick-or-treating.  After all, Halloween is about creating good memories that will be with your children for a lifetime and there is no room in there for tragedy.  By following a few simple safety tips for Halloween parties, trick-or-treating, and costumes we can ensure that our children will be safe and sound while out and about and when they get home.

Let's start with the Halloween party.  This is relatively easy to take care of.  If you are hosting a Halloween party then you really just have to be certain that your party space is safe.  This might mean removing breakable items from the party space if you are holding it in your home and making sure there is nothing to injure anyone at the party.  In addition, you should make sure that you have enough adults to supervise if it is a children's party.  The other thing that you must be aware of is that if you are using dry ice, then you must be sure no one touches it because it is dangerous to the touch.  A nice effect is to put the punch bowl in the midst of the dry ice, but if you do this be sure to put the punch in a separate bowl that you can set into the dry ice bowl and be sure that the dry ice cannot come into contact with the punch as it would be very dangerous if ingested.

When it comes to trick-or-treating, safety is a bigger issue.  You need to be sure that your children are safe on the streets and the first step in ensuring this is to make sure that younger children are accompanied by at least one adult, more than one if there is a group of children.  Make sure that if older children go out without an adult that they go in a group and stay together.  Either way, plan a route and stick to that plan.  Ensure that older children know not to deviate from the route and that they need to check in with you regularly either by coming home or calling in.  Ensure that they also know not to cut across alleys or empty fields and to stay in well-lit areas that are full of people.  They should have a time to be back and they must adhere to it unless something happens that causes them to be late, in which case they should call you.  Be sure that children also know how to cross the street safely and that they should not talk to strangers or go into a strange house or car.  Also, be sure that your children know not to eat any candy before they get home and have it checked by an adult.

Costumes must be safe whether a child is trick-or-treating or attending a party.  Make sure it is fire retardant and if it is home-made, then treat it with a fire retardant.  You should also make sure your child will be visible in the costume.  Attach reflective material to it and make sure that you can identify your child in a crowd of trick-or-treaters.  In addition, make sure that the costume does not have any parts that will cause your child to trip or that will get caught on anything and be sure that your child can breathe and see well.  Your child should have good peripheral vision in the costume when wearing a mask and if you have to cut the eye holes, then do so and then use black face make up to conceal the skin that is showing around the eyes.

You want your child to have a fun time of Halloween and to create many wonderful memories and the best way to do this is to make sure that trick-or-treating and Halloween parties are as safe as possible.  With safety measures in place, you and your child can enjoy Halloween in a stress-free manner with all the treats that come with it.  For those adults who are driving that night, take extra care and go slower than usual.  This will ensure that Halloween is safe for everyone who is on the streets.  So follow these tips and have a safe and happy Halloween.