The magic of Halloween is in the air. From trick-or-treating to classroom parties and trips to neighborhood haunted houses, everyone is ready for the fun. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns. To ensure a safe holiday follow these ghoulishly good best practices.
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children for the neighborhood rounds
If your older children are going with friends, plan and review a route that is familiar, well-lit and acceptable to you and agree on a specific time when children should return home
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
Children and parents should put electronic devices away and pay attention to their surroundings, especially when crossing the street
All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
Safety Tips for Motorists
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
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