Sure Halloween is supposed to be scary, but that doesn't mean that your night of trick-or-treating has to be a night of terror. With all of the candy, costumes and chicanery, the evening is ripe for injury and illness, but it doesn't have to be that way. Keep kids safe on Halloween with these easy (and green!) Halloween safety tips:
- Fill 'em up with good stuff: Make sure your kids eat a healthy meal before they head out on the trick-or-treat trail.
- Plan it out: Take a few minutes to plan your trick-or-treating route and you may save yourself hours of whining and headaches. Keep in mind construction routes, sidewalk accessibility, and of course, neighborhood safety when planning. If possible, try to plan a water and bathroom break at a friend's house along the way. And check out the interactive map at GreenHalloween.org to find houses in your neighborhood that offer green and eco treats.
- Light 'em up: Make sure everyone in your party is carrying or wearing some type of light-up or reflective gear. Light-up sneakers work well, as do reflective arm bands and hats. It's also a good idea for the adults in your party to carry a flashlight (use a hand crank model or one with reusable batteries to keep it green!)
- Reuse it: Skip the plastic bag and give kids a reusable tote to carry their stash.
Give it the evil eye: Make sure your child knows not to eat any candy or treats until you've had a chance to look it over.