We’re all familiar with old Halloween stories about razor blades in apples. In the back of our minds we still wonder if they’re true. What we don’t want is for our children to fall victim to predators who wait for this time of the year to take advantage of their innocence and childhood. Provided below are a few tips for a safe Halloween:
Plan ahead to give you and your family the best chance at safety this Halloween.
Know where the candy is coming from.
Don’t let your kids trick or treat or collect candy from strangers.
Stay in your home neighborhood, and go with them. Or accompany them wherever they are going.
Some parents actually drive their kids to other neighborhoods and wait in the car while the kids ring a number of doorbells and trick or treat. It’s best for parents to go with the kids to the door.
When the kids get home, have them dump the candy all over the table, and look it over. Anything with ripped or missing wrappers gets thrown out immediately.
Don’t let your kids munch on candy or treats during trick or treating. That way you can regulate how much candy your children are eating in one night.
Anything homemade, unless you know exactly who made it, gets thrown away.
Designate limits: on Halloween night, tell your child how many pieces of candy (usually three is a good number) will be allowed that night. Let him choose his favorites and put the rest away. What you decide to do with the leftover candy is your choice.
Words By: Sid Powell