Halloween Safety Tips for a Child

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Helpful Tips to Keep a Child safe while trick or treating this Halloween

(Family Features) Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories for a child, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about safety changes for your child’s spooky excitement.

You can still ensure a special night for your little ones and all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts in your neighborhood by following these safety measures aimed at keeping a child safe on All Hallows’ Eve. Consider these tips for safe trick-or-treating from the experts at the National Safety Council and leading candy maker, Mars Wrigley.

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Prepare before you go

  1.  Buy individually wrapped candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Fun-size packs are one of the easiest and safest forms of candy for trick-or-treaters to grab and go.
  2.  Create fun, individual candy goody bags for a no-touch option for trick-or-treaters.
  3.  Make sure your yard is well-lit; replace any burnt-out light bulbs.
  4.  Create signs encouraging trick-or-treaters to stay 6 feet apart and display them in your yard.
  5.  Don’t hand out treats if you are not feeling well.

Consider socially distancing options such as “trunk-or-treating,” during which prepackaged goodies are handed out or a virtual costume parade.

Alternately, you can use a tool like Mars Wrigley’s “TREAT TOWNTM,” an app-based digital experience for families to virtually trick-or-treat for real candy. It offers Halloween fans of all ages the ability to create personalized spooky avatars, customized decorations for your in-app “door” and the ability to “knock” on the doors of friends and family across the country.

Visit Treat-Town.com to find more ideas and information.

During trick or treating

  1.  Make trick-or-treating care packs with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and extra face masks.
  2.  Help little ones clean their hands throughout the night.
  3.  Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other groups of trick-or-treaters, allowing one group to collect candy at a time.
  4.  Wear face masks and reflective tape or clothing and carry flashlights or glow sticks if you’re walking in the dark.
  5. Do “mask checks.” Stop in a safe place and make sure young children’s masks are covering their mouths and noses.
  6.  Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Don’t cross the street between cars and be as visible as possible as drivers may be distracted.
  7.  Consider setting up a grab-and-go “candy corner” for visitors, inclusive of hand sanitizer and treats.

After trick or treating

  1.  Wash your child’s hands when you get home.
  2.  Sanitize candy wrappers or let it sit for 24 hours before permitting a child to eat the collected candy.
  3.  Follow the “when in doubt, throw it out” rule. Throw away any candy that is open, ripped or has torn packaging, an unusual appearance or pinholes.
  4. Discard any homemade items made by people you don’t know.

Watch for choking hazards. If you have a young child, make sure candy he or she collected isn’t a choking hazard. If it is, discard it.

Inform a child of the importance of keeping candy away from pets, especially chocolate and sugar-free gum, which can be poisonous for their furry friends.

Handing Out Treats from Home

If you’re staying home to hand out treats to the superheroes, ghosts, princesses and other little guests that arrive on your doorstep, consider these ideas to encourage a child to be safe while having fun:

  1.  Minimize the number of hands reaching into a bowl.
  2.  Find fun, hands-free ways to give candy to trick-or-treaters. For example, you can place candy on your lawn or driveway, so a child, trick-or-treaters, don’t have to crowd around your front door, touch handrails or knock.
  3.  Move out of the way any items that a child could trip over.
  4.  Keep your pets inside.
  5.  Stand outside when handling treats, wear a mask and use hand sanitizer often.
  6.  Consider keeping a large bottle of sanitizer near you for visitors to use as well.
  7.  Allow one small group at a time at your door.

Ultimately, you’ll want to give out one set of treats at a time to a child to minimize hands reaching into a common bowl. For example, fun-size packs of treats like M&M’s and SNICKERS offer plenty of options and are easy for a child, trick-or-treaters to grab and go.

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Source: Mars Chocolate North America


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