There is something magical about celebrating Halloween with young kids. Their imaginations are so alive, and they love any excuse to dress up and eat candy! Here are some Halloween safety tips for keeping your precious kids safe when you’re trick-or-treating. And isn’t that mummy just the sweetest thing you ever saw?!
Pick Safe Costumes
Scholastic Parents has some good tips for choosing safe costumes. Go for makeup instead of the masks (as long as you’ve tested the makeup on a small area first). Choose a flame-retardant costume—especially if your neighbors are festive with their spooky lanterns. Make sure the costumes are snug-fitting to prevent tripping and falling.
Steer clear of the decorative contact lenses. The American Academy of Pediatrics says they can do permanent harm–not even worth it! And if you have a college-age child, encourage the full-coverage costumes by sending a box of gauze bandages and white footie pajamas for a make-your-own mummy costume.
Be Smart when Trick-or Treating
The CDC has lots of tips for safe trick-or-treating. I’ll sum them up for you: stay with your young children on well-lit paths and wear proper reflective gear. Only visit the homes of people or communities you’re familiar with. I can’t even imagine having children old enough to trick-or-treat by themselves, but if you do, make sure they know how to contact you or dial 911 in case of an emergency.
If you’re handing out treats this Halloween, make the night of your trick-or-treaters with food allergies by participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and providing either non-food or safe treats.
The FDA recommends not allowing your kids to eat the candy until you can inspect it at home. THE AGONY!
Everybody and their mom on the internet says we’re supposed to feed kids a healthy meal before trick-or-treating to prevent snacking. I say, eat a healthy meal and bring a pre-inspected treat from home in case the waiting for inspection gets too hard.
When you get home, inspect the candy for open wrappers and choking hazards, meanwhile take all the Reese’s peanut butter cups for yourself, and let the kiddos enjoy a piece or two before putting them in their rooms to fight bedtime.
Happy Halloween to all the Des Moines mummies!