Halloween Costume and Candy Safety Tips 2017<br />
Halloween Costume and Candy Safety Tips 2017

Halloween Costume and Candy Safety Tips 2017

Halloween is just around the corner. Half the fun is picking out a cool costume and the other is the candy. Here in this blogpost we will be going over costume and candy safety tips for 2017. Happy trick or treating!


Costume Safety Tips 

Only buy costumes that are made of flame retardant material. If you are going the home made route, make sure to utilize fabrics that are flame resistant (like nylon and polyester).

Incorporate reflector strips into a child’s costume to make them more visible at night while they trick or treat. This makes them visible to vehicles and adds the additional benefit of extra visibility so you can keep an eye on them as well trail ahead of you while trick or treating.

Make sure costumes fits properly to avoid any accidents like tripping over a long dress or cape. Make sure that it is comfortable since it will probably be worn for several hours.

If they are carrying a prop such as a sword, broom, or staff make sure they are constructed out of soft plastic that will bend if fallen upon (or used in play).
 
To check for and avoid allergic reactions it is recommended to test any makeup you plan to use by applying a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it for half an hour to or a few days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or any other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, it could be a sign of a possible allergy or adverse reaction.

Regarding masks, make sure that the eye holes are big enough to see not only in front but to the sides as well. You may have to cut holes open further yourself. If so, use some black or gray grease paint around the eye socket to cover skin.

If you plan on doing any trick-or-treating with a group, and yes, some adults still do go out trick-or-treating, make sure that your group isn’t too big (popular costumes can make it easy to blend in to other groups by accident).
Bring a flashlight for yourself and everyone in the group. Not only will this help you see in the dark but make you visible to cars as well. There’s also this slap bracelet if you or the kids don’t feel like carrying a flashlight.

Candy Safety Tips

Mom and/or Dad please check the candy out at home before your little tykes start the feeding frenzy. Hard candy, gum or small toys with small parts shouldn’t be handed out to children under 4. If a child has allergies, make sure you remove any suspect candy. If your child has allergies buy their favorite snacks to exchange for any treats you may need to take to avoid a medical emergency. Pretzels, fruit rolls and chips are great alternatives for kids who can’t consume chocolate or nuts.

Please advise your kids to NEVER enter a strange home or apartment without a parent on Halloween (or at any other time for that matter). Instruct children to ring the doorbell or knock, step back, say “trick or treat” and then let their parent or approved guardian come forward and put the candy in their bag (make sure the kids say thank you too).

If you are handing out the candy, make sure that it is children that are knocking on your door. Be wary of adults knocking on your door (especially if they don’t have kids with them), You don’t want to let a thief gain access to you and your home (or high school/college kids looking to pull pranks). Look out a window or peephole before opening the door.

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