Happy Halloween Everyone!!
Here are some Trick-R-Treating Safety Tips to keep in mind when heading out for those couple hours with your little monsters :)
- Never send your children out by themselves to trick-or-treat, especially in strange neighborhoods. Stick to neighborhoods you’re familiar with, and stick with your children.
- Teach your young children to only take one piece of candy and to always remember to say thank you.
- If you allow your pre-teens to trick-or-treat without adult supervision, establish a reasonable hour when they must be home.
- Inspect what treats your child receives. Tampering with treats is not unheard of. Be suspicious of open wrappers or homemade food items such as candy apples.
- For toddlers, chewy candies, like gum and taffy, and peanuts should not be eaten because they are potential choking hazards.
- Chewy candy, like caramel, is also unhealthy for teeth because they stick to them longer, increasing the risk of developing cavities. Have children brush their teeth right after eating.
- Limit the amount of candy your child consumes or spread the candy out for the next week or two. Certain candies, even the bite-size ones, contain a huge amount of sugar and saturated fat.
- Make sure to give your children a hearty, healthy meal before going out to trick-or-treat so they don’t get tired or hungry along the way, and don’t overindulge in candy when they get home.