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Published: October, 2009; Vol 6, Num 5

 

Keeping Tricks Out of Treats

Halloween has hazards. In addition to traffic and darkness, sweets can lead to extra pounds and tooth decay. Also, this is one instance where store-bought trumps homemade as there is no way of knowing what got mixed into someone’s made-at-home treat. Hand out treats in original, sealed wrappings.

Plan Safe Costumes

Costumes should be soft, well-fitting and fireproof. Children must be able to see out of masks. If make-up or face paint is applied, test a small area of skin first.  Props like pitchforks and swords should be smooth and flexible with blunt tips.

Offer Healthy Treats

Hand out safe non-food treats or healthy snacks like raisins or trail mix in their original, sealed packages. Also, before any nibbling, inspect treats for tampering.  When in doubt, throw it out!

Ensure Safety on the Street

Young children should be accompanied by an adult, have reflective tape on treat bags and costumes and carry flashlights. Older children going out without a grown-up should travel in a group. Clear porches and walkways of decorations and other obstacles. Make sure everyone knows not to enter homes of strangers or get into strange cars. Remind children to call 911 if they encounter an emergency.

Keep Pets Home

Children must understand that the best Halloweens are trick-free and enjoyed by people.  Pranks on pets are unacceptable. Keep Fido and Felix away from the front door and from the candy. Chocolate, in particular, can be fatal to your furry friends.

Check the internet for additional Halloween safety tips for you and your pet.