We want to make sure it’s all treats and absolutely no tricks this Halloween season. Alzein Pediatric Associates offers this advice to keep your children safe all day and all night:
• Use face paint or makeup instead of masks to keep your child’s vision clear and unobstructed.
• Make sure any costume robe, dress or fringe ends above their ankles to prevent falls.
• Put your child in comfortable, well-fitting athletic shoes to prevent tripping and accidents.
• Add light reflective tape and stickers to costumes.
• Children under 12 should be supervised by an adult.
• Children mature enough to trick-or-treat without an adult should form groups of at least three and have a “buddy”.
• Trick-or-treaters should stay in familiar neighborhoods and stick to well-lit streets.
• Stay on sidewalks and cross only at corners, looking left, right and left again.
• Make eye contact with drivers before you cross.
• Give your child a flashlight, whether you are with him or not.
• Put that cell phone away to concentrate on walking safely, but keep it within easy reach.
• Check with your village or town for trick-or-treating hours and stay within them.
• Look through your child’s bag before they eat anything, checking for torn, damaged or old wrappers.
• Set restrictions ahead of time about your child’s candy consumption. Consider asking your child to donate at least half of their candy to a shelter or soup kitchen.
• Think about alternatives to candy for your visitors. Pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, and whistles make great candy substitutes.
Being safe and healthy at Halloween means the holiday will be happy and fun – all night long!