Halloween season is our favorite, why? Umm, the possibility of getting tricked or treated is always our prerogative. Which is why we think it’s important to keep safe and smart during the festivities. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends particular guidelines and these are our favorites:
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Always know where your kids are going to be.
Here are some of our own suggestions for Halloween and for life:
- Don’t wait on lines; it’s easier to get eaten by mini zombies
- Wait till you get home to eat your boootiful bounty, arrr matey!
- Don’t forget to share; showing love to your fellow ghouls is always the right thing to do.
For more information, check out these really important safety guidelines:
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