All the Treats, None of the Tricks

Stay safe during Halloween! Halloween is just around the corner, and while it's a popular time for kids to dress up as their favorite characters, it's also important to stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Here are some simple tricks to help you and your children have a fantastic and safe experience this Halloween.

Stay Safe After Dark

Halloween is a spooktacular holiday where we dress up in costumes and go out trick-or-treating. But there are some things you should be aware of when you're going out this weekend.

Avoid wearing dark clothes. Dark clothing hides your face and body, making it hard to be visible to cars on the road if trick-or-treating after dark. 

Consider having your child trick-or-treat with a group or attending a 'Trunk or Treat' rather than allowing them to trick-or-treat alone. Make sure your child knows to stay close to friends and family members.

Lastly, have an emergency plan in place so that your child knows what to do if they find themselves in an unsafe situation. 

Make Sure That All Candy Is Safe To Eat

While this holiday is associated with eating lots of candy, it's important to keep a few safety factors in mind.  Here are some tips to help you stay safe while enjoying the festivities.

Never let kids eat anything that looks suspicious. Check labels carefully and let them know it's okay to ask questions. Don't assume that it's safe because it says "candy" on the label. Depending on your child's age, it may be important to screen the candy yourself and to assist in opening the various wrapping and containers with which candy is typically packaged. Remember to watch out for fake candy, too. There are many scams involving counterfeit candy bars. Look for signs of tampering, such as bulges in the wrapper, broken wrappers, missing pieces, or odd shapes. Certain drugs may also look similar to popular types of candy, and while it may be unlikely that these will be given away intentionally, it's just one more reason to check over candy for anything that looks out of place before digging in.

It's important to be mindful of allergies and health conditions, as well. Children with severe peanut allergies should not consume peanuts or peanut butter. Other allergic reactions include shellfish allergy, tree nut allergy, milk allergy, egg allergy, wheat allergy, fish allergy, and sesame seed allergy, and the ingredients in some candies may surprise you. Make sure to tell screen your child's candy haul before they dig in if they have any allergies. If you are handing out candy, keep these types of allergies in mind when you decide which types of candy to stock.

With these tips in mind, your child can have a safe and fun night of spooky delight!

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