Halloween is a time for sweet treats and make-believe, but also presents some real-life dangers for your little ghosts and goblins.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests parent's follow their guidelines for a safe Halloween:
- S - Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- A - Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- F - Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- E - Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- H - Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
- A - Always test Halloween make up on a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- L - Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- L - Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- O - Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- W - Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- E - Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- E - Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- N - Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
This Halloween will also be a cold one. With temperatures predicted to reach only into the mid-40s, your'll want to bundle up your child, whether they're leaving the house as a princess, ghost or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Gloves, hand warmers, long underwear, tights or leggings, even sweat pants under a costume can keep your child from being chilled even on a dark and spooky night.