To the delight of children around the world Halloween has once again reared its spooky head and brought pumpkins, costumes, and bagfuls of candy to neighborhoods all over the world. As the only exception to the age-old “don’t take candy from strangers” adage, some extra precautions should be taken to ensure your child’s safety tonight. Whether you’re on your first or 10th annual outing, here are a few tips and Halloween safety precautions that no responsible guardian should be without.
As your child anxiously awaits sunset by the window this evening, run a quick visual check to ensure they’re wearing some sort of reflecting material (like the kind you’d find on a construction worker’s vest, for example). Many new children’s costumes include materials such as this for safety purposes, but failing that, you should be able to find a blinking light at any department store made to alert pedestrians and oncoming traffic of their position. You could even pick up a few glow sticks to double as costume accents, too! Staying visible is a large part of staying safe, so make sure your child stands out!
If you’re a native Ontarian you know that a crisp autumn evening can quickly turn frigid. That’s why it’s important to keep your trick-or-treater bundled up during their after-dark excursion. It might be harder with some costumes than others, but be sure to dress your anxious little ones as warmly as possible before you head out the door (or at the very least, carry along some mittens and a cap in case they need it later). Nothing ruins an all-day candy splurge like the sniffles and a nagging cough! Which leads us into our next tip…
The Seal of Approval
As long as there have been trick-or-treaters, there have been concerned parents who check their candy. The easiest way to tell if your child’s candy has been tampered with is to test its seal; simply squeeze the treat and throw it out if you discover any holes, tears or perforations with or on the packaging. Here’s a tip: send your child away to change into their pajamas before they’re allowed to have any candy. This will give you some time to inspect and throw out any unwrapped or torn pieces in private without your child being any wiser.