Happy Halloween! Tips for Safe Trick or Treats

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Children under the age of 12 should always trick-or-treat with an adult. Photo by: Belinda Hankins Miller

Avoid Stomachaches on Halloween

In addition, as a parent, it is your decision how much candy you will allow them to have in one night – but to help them not eat as much sugary filled candies, and make sure they had a good dinner before going out.

Another idea is to have healthy snacks ready for them when they get home. Pretzels, popcorn, cheese and crackers, fruit dipped in yogurt, are all healthier options if they are hungry when they get home. Serve the snacks with a Halloween movie for a great way to end the night.

Halloween Tools for Parents

Before going out trick-or-treating, it’s best to plan your route. One way to plan a safe route is to know your neighborhood, and who lives in your neighborhood. There are websites that offer information on local crimes and sex offenders when you type in your address. Here are two websites that can help you:

Crime mapping is a website that can provide you with important information on crimes, and homes that should be avoided. This is also available as an app on a smart phone.

Home Facts is a website that contains information on registered criminal offender and sex offenders. Here you can also search your neighborhood or other neighborhoods that your child maybe going to.

Make it a Happy Halloween by Staying Safe

Make sure you talk to your kids about why it’s important to follow rules that will help keep them safe, and what they should do in case they do get into trouble.  Being prepared as parents can help ensure that kids will have a great Halloween and not suffer from too much sugar!

Resources:

National Crime Prevention Council. Halloween Safety. (2012). Accessed October 31, 2012.

Safe Kids Worldwide. Halloween Safety: A National Survey of Parents’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors. (2011). Accessed October 31, 2012.

Westervelt, C. Razor blade found in candy. (2011). Accessed October 31, 2012.

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