Spooky Safety

The weeks of planning have come to a head. Halloween is finally here. Soon we’ll experience little witches, ghosts, and ghouls running amuck on our sidewalks. They are so darn cute!

If you have a little one, you may be even more excited than your child about the spookiest day of the year. There’s just something magical about a tiny person dressed as a police officer. Just remember to keep our trick-or-treaters safe this All Hallows Eve.

If possible, avoid masks. It messes with your child’s peripheral vision, and on an evening when being on the streets is part of the gig, you want your child to have his/her senses. All 5 of them.

Full-on face make-up is fun, but if your child is allergic, it could cause a painful rash. Spot test a small area on your child’s skin to see if he/she has any issues. If a rash breaks out, you may want to modify the costume.

Store-bought costumes are easy, but they can also cause contact dermatitis. Give any plastic or nylon costumes a wipe down first. Also, don’t forget to wash any Goodwill clothing before wearing it.

If you’re on the streets, nighttime reflectors are a huge help. It’s dark out, and many of the traditional costumes are black. Make your kid conspicuous when the sun goes down.

Remind your child of trick-or-treating rules: never eat a candy that’s been opened, stay away from food that they’re allergic to, don’t go into a stranger’s house! Things that may be common sense to us are not always to a little one.

If you’re hosting a party, remember home safety. Candles should be placed where they cannot be knocked down or set anything aflame. Guests may have food allergies, so be aware of all your nosh’s ingredients.

And don’t forget to have fun. Safety first, but enjoy the spooky holiday with all of its magic, gore, thrills, and chills. When it’s all over, it will be time to plan that Thanksgiving feast.

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