Halloween Safety Tips 2011

Kids love Halloween!  They get to dress up as their favorite characters and get free candy.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  If you ask any of us OLDER KIDS, most will admit that they love the holiday as much as the little goblins in our households. Lucky for us parents, we get first dibs on the goodies the little ones bring home in their sacks.  How many of us have heard and even used the line: “We need to make sure the candy is safe before you can eat it”.  Yep, I use it every year on my kids!


Trick or Treating should be one of the greatest adventures of Halloween for kids.  Following a few safety tips will ensure that the night ends well.


  1. Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by an adult.  If you have a large group two or three parents is recommended.
  2. Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.  This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  3. Instruct your children to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  4. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  5. Costumes should be made of flame retardant material.  If they are homemade, make sure and use either a fire retardant spray or fabric that has been treated with a fire retardant.
  6. Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that your child could trip over.  A scraped knee or bloody nose can ruin all your fun.


If trick or treating is just not your thing, there are tons of activities around the Treasure Valley to entertain children of all ages, including adults.  Check some of these activities out:


Trunk or Treat & Canned Food Drive at Peterson Stampede Dodge – Oct 29, 2011


Boo at the Zoo – Oct 29, 2011


Haunted World – Through Oct 31st, 2011


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