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Tips to Improve Your Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Experience

October 18, 2016

Posted in Safety

The costumes are selected. The candy is bought. The pumpkin has been carved.

You know what comes next: trick-or-treating!

Before you take your ghosts and goblins out to round up their Halloween swag, the Arkansas Children’s Injury Prevention Center has some suggestions about how to make the night go as smoothly as possible.

Info below is suggested by Arkansas Children's Injury Prevention Center Outreach Specialist Joe Schaffner. He's rounded up the best info from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Safety Council!

Before you go:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time when children should return home.

Remind your kids:

  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Children and adults should put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home.

Driver, beware:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Keep the costume safe, too:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible.
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

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