Dressing up as a zombie, scaring the neighbours and gobbling all the candy you can—what kid doesn’t love Halloween? If your little monsters are trick-or-treating this October 31st, here are ten tips to keep the hellraisers healthy and safe.
- Eat at home before going out, so kids aren’t tempted to tuck in along the way; this helps prevent both tummy aches and distractions in the dark.
- Make sure your child’s treats are safe to eat. Leave candy-cramming for at home after you’ve inspected the haul. Don’t let your children eat anything that’s not commercially wrapped.
- Got little ghouls under 3? Beware of choking hazards such as hard candies.
- Make sure the fiendish costume fits, so that your child can move easily without trailing bits to trip on.
- If your child’s face is covered, make sure she can see well through the eye holes, and widen them if necessary.
- Ensure your child’s costume shoes are comfortable; you want his Igor’s lurch to be faked.
- Halloween costumes are often black as the night—have children carry a torch to make them more visible to cars and other trick-or-treaters.
- Stay on the pavement, and be cautious when crossing. Unsuspecting drivers may be startled by your goblins.
- Trick-or-treating in a group is both safer and more fun; make sure your child is accompanied by a trusted adult.
- Keep kiddies well away from jack-o’-lanterns and other open flames.
This posting was sponsored by Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.
Grab your ghosties and head to Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre for a free Halloween event! On Saturday 28 October between 1 and 7pm, Town Square will host face painting followed by trick-or-treating at participating stores. Find out the magic words you must say to get your very special treats!