Halloween is one of children’s favorite holidays. They get to dress up in a costume and walk from door to door receiving candy. What better day for a kid? Its all around fun. But, there are safety precautions that need to be taken. Metro NY police departments say that parents or nannies who are taking the kids trick or treating need to follow these tips to ensure child safety.
First, give the kids a healthy snack or light meal before going out so they aren’t tempted to eat their treats before you inspect them. Once you get back to the house, inspect each piece of candy before you give it to the child. Be sure to get rid of any treats that aren’t factory wrapped. Inspect factory-wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance of discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Homemade treats, unless you know who made them, should not be eaten. Throw away anything that you feel is suspicious- don’t take a chance!
Some healthy alternatives you can offer your trick or treaters are: microwavable popcorn, hot chocolate packets, inexpensive items such as stickers, glow in the dark necklaces, coloring books, or crayons.
As always with childcare, it is important that children enjoy fun occasions, but we need to always take saftey precautions to keep our kids safe!
Have a happy and healthy Halloween!