03 Oct 2018
There is nothing more exciting for a child than to dress up in a costume and go door-to-door collecting candy. They get to come home with bags filled with treats that will last for months! However, it is always important to take precaution to ensure your child has a safe experience and safe treats to eat! Here are a few tips on trick-or-treating safety and screening your kids’ candy:
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
- Avoid wearing masks. This makes it hard for children to see and can be especially dangerous while crossing the road. Instead, opt for non-toxic makeup.
- Wear costumes that are bright or put reflective tape on the front and back of your child’s costume so they will be visible to drivers. It’s a good idea to add reflective tape to your child’s trick or treat bag too.
- Carry around a flashlight and/or wear glow stick bracelets.
- To prevent tripping and falling, make sure your children wear costumes that fit properly. Avoid oversized shoes, long dresses.
- Put your child’s name, address, and phone number on his or her costume.
- Stay on the sidewalk and teach your child to look left and right before crossing the road. Pay attention to oncoming traffic and make sure to only cross the street at intersections or crosswalks.
- Reduce distractions, such as cell phones and loud music (especially when crossing the street!)
- Go to houses that have the porch light on.
- Make sure your children know to only accept treats at the door and to refrain from entering strangers’ houses or cars.
- Set boundaries. Make sure your children know it’s important to stay close by and to abide by your rules.
Don’t forget to have fun!
Screening your kids Halloween candy
Make sure they eat before going out trick-or-treating
Doing so will avoid them from snacking on treats while they’re out (As a tip, put some safe candy in a bag and give it to them if they do have the urge to munch).
Advise your children not to eat anything until they get home
As tempting it can be to munch on treats while knocking on door-to-door, it is better to wait until you get home and check your kids' candies before they eat them. Tell your kids that it’s important to inspect their candies for their safety. Try to make it fun by asking them to make different piles like chocolates, chips, candies, etc., while you go through your inspection.
Check candy under a bright light and make sure to throw out treats that are:
- Passed their expiration date
- Unwrapped and have tiny hole punctures
- Not commercially wrapped (including fresh fruit)
- Not in their original box or wrapper
- Appear spoiled or have an unusual appearance or discoloration
- Homemade treats (unless given from someone you personally know)
- Choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, and small, hard candy (depending on their age).
Have any doubts about your child’s candy? THROW IT OUT!
If you find any candy that has been tampered with, report it
Contact your local police department and report it immediately.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!