Halloween is a super fun time of year for kids of all ages – yes, that means grown ups, too – but in recent years, it’s gotten a reputation of also being a somewhat dangerous one. Before you allow worries of speeding cars, predators, and tampered-with treats spoil your Halloween fun, read this.
Are you trick or treating?
- Use light or brightly colored costumes, reflective strips, and glo-bracelets or necklaces (readily available at Walgreens and other area stores) to make your children more visible to drivers. Stick to sidewalks whenever possible and avoid highly traffic roadways.
- Double check your child’s costume to ensure it has no trailing parts that could lead to trips or falls.
- Check any makeup for allergic reactions (contact dermatitis) before using it on Halloween night. Use a barrier spray, like Mehron Barrier Spray available at any St. Louis area Johnny Brocks store, to prevent irritation.
- Ensure any mask you use has eyeholes large enough to provide adequate vision and ample breathing room.
- Eat a well-balanced meal before heading out. A lot of walking on an empty tummy is no fun and may lead to eating too many unhealthy snacks.
- Don’t binge! When your trick-or-treating is done, sort through all the goodies with your children and keep those favorites. The ones your children really don’t like or don’t care too much about, donate. Visit one of the St. Louis-area dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buyback to donate to the troops.
Are you treating?
Handing out treats sounds easy enough, but you can take some simple precautions to ensure any trick-or-treaters arrive and leave safely.
- Keep walkways free of debris and well lit.
- Hand out healthy treats like pretzels or snack packs of peanuts or raisins.
- Even better, mini containers of Play-Doh or stickers make great treats, too!
Finally, relax about all those horror stories about tainted candy. According to Snopes.com, it’s largely an urban legend. Use common sense. If it looks like it’s been opened or tampered with, toss it. Candy in a sealed package should be fine. You may wish to proceed with caution on homemade treats or consume only those that have been received from friends or family members.