Halloween Safety

In order to make Trick or Treating safe but still fun, I have researched the many ways to make Halloween a night to remember.

Teach your child their phone nhttp://www.bandofcats.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/cat-halloween-clip-art_12.gifumber and how to dial 9-1-1 before Halloween

Write their name, address, and phone number somewhere inside their costume

Make your child a great dinner before going out (this helps with pre-inspection eating)

Adults always go with your children

If you do not go with them, make sure they have a watch or cell phone and a time to be home. I would recommend setting the alarm on the watch/phone. You know how kids are.

Plan your route ahead of time and stay on the sidewalk

I recommend only going to the houses of people you know

Make sure you and your children only knock on doors with lights on

Never go inside a strangers house

Carry a flashlight and put glow stickers on costumes

Face paint is much better idea than a mask (they block eyesight)

Make sure all props are plastic and safe

When purchasing costumes, make sure they are flame resistant

Shoes should fit snuggly and costumes short enough to prevent tripping

Never walk out into the street between parked cars

Cross the street at corners only

Remember to look through the candy before they dig in

When in doubt, throw it away

Healthy and alternative goodie suggestions:

Packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter

Packaged fruit leather

Mini boxes of raisins

Packages of hot chocolate mix

Microwave popcorn

Pencils

Play jewelry

Stickers

Erasers

Hair ribbons and barrettes

Match-book cars

Packaged beef jerky

Gum

Crayons

Sidewalk chalk

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