Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, and going trick or treating with the kids. I also love decorating the home with cobwebs, spiders and tombstones! Halloween is awesome, but going out after dark with little ones can be a stressful experience, so here are seven tips to keep the kids safe while out and about
1. Wear reflective clothing
If your area’s trick or treating happens after dark, always make sure to add some reflective tape to their costume. Even if they are right with you, a small child can be hard to spot after dark.
2. Use strollers or carry in crowds
When you are going out into a crowd with a toddler, use a stroller or choose to carry or wear your child instead of letting them walk. Busy areas after dark can make it hard to keep up with them and it can be easy to get separated.
3. Feed them before you go trick or treating
If your kids have been fed dinner before you go out trick or treating they are less likely to eat too much candy. Being full will help them to not grab all the snacks and treats right away. Plus feeding a toddler on time will help them to be happier and easier to manage while you are out.
4. Avoid suckers and hard candy
While these are popular on Halloween, choose differently or keep those out for older siblings or yourself. Hard candy and suckers are often easy for toddlers to choke on and should be avoided.
5. Empty their bucket into a main bag to inspect later
Don’t allow candy while you are out and about. This is especially important for kids with allergies or dye/food sensitivities. It is rarely a concern of food safety as much as reaction to foods due to the child having an allergy. It is much safer to keep all treats out of their mouths until parents can inspect.
6. Skip the mask and paint their face instead
Masks on kids are cute, but can cause all kinds of problems. From not being able to see or breathe easily, to straps being irritating. A mask is a bad choice for younger kids. Choose hypoallergenic face paint instead.
7. Put them in regular shoes instead of dress-up shoes
One of the best Halloween safety tips for toddlers comes with putting them in regular shoes instead of dress-up shoes. While the dress up shoes look cute, they are not functional. Not only do they often lead to tripping and falling, they can cause blisters and injuries on the foot itself. Avoid these and put them in simple solid color shoes instead.
These seven tips should help ensure that your Halloween trick and treating experience is a fun, safe, and stress-free experience for the whole family, especially for Mom!
Annie Kilbride is the CEO of Life Simplified, LLC a professional organizing business. Visit www.lifesimplifiedpo.com for more information.