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Five Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

Posted by Living Well Team on Oct 24, 2016 3:51:34 PM

Your kids have probably been looking forward to Halloween for months. Costumes, candy (in moderation, of course) and spooky stories can make for a fantastically fun holiday.

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Pick a path (and stick to it).

Your trick-or-treating adventure might take you several blocks away from your home. Reader’s Digest recommends avoiding getting lost by planning a route in advance. 

Be on the lookout for teal pumpkins.

If your little ghoul or goblin suffers from a food allergy, you already know to be extra careful on Halloween. While you’re going house to house, you might notice several houses with teal pumpkins on their porch. This is a sign that these houses are giving out treats that are allergy-friendly, so keep your eyes peeled. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.

Choose costumes with care.

Costumes shouldn’t hinder your child’s ability to walk or see, so masks and oversized garments should be avoided. Kidshealth.org has a great checklist of costume safety items to review before heading out for the evening.

Homemade isn’t always best.

We all love treats that are made from scratch with loving care. However, the CDC cautions parents to allow their children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 

Be a helicopter parent.

Kids under 12 shouldn’t trick or treat without close adult supervision according to safekids.org. Kids over 12 should make sure to stay in well-lit areas and keep with a group.

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