Here are some Halloween safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that will help keep kids safe while they’re having fun:
- Make sure costumes are bright, reflective and short enough to prevent tripping.
- Use non-toxic makeup, rather than masks, which can block kids’ eyesight.
- Swords, canes or sticks should not be too sharp or too long, to prevent tripping injuries.
- A parent should always accompany young children on their trick-or-treating rounds.
- Each child and adult should have a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- If older children are trick-or-treating without an adult, they should review a route with parents and agree on a time to return home.
- Older children should carry a cell phone and know how to dial 9-1-1 for help.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on, and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Stay in a group, remain on well-lit streets and always use a sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- Cross streets as a group in crosswalks, never between parked cars or out of driveways.
- Don’t assume cars will stop for trick-or-treaters – just because one stops, doesn’t mean others will.
- Sort through kids’ treats at home, throwing away all items that are spoiled, unwrapped or questionable.
The AAP also suggests a wholesome snack or meal before trick-or-treating, to keep kids from filling up on Halloween candy. Try one of Uncle Wally’s snack-sized muffins along with some sliced fruit and a glass of milk before setting out.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Uncle Wally’s!