Halloween can be one of the most exciting holidays for little kids & adults. In one day you get to dress up in your favorite costume AND get more candy than you have had all year. Since this is my son’s first “real” Halloween/ trick-or-treating experience, I have being doing some research on safety tips to follow while we are out celebrating the holiday. I found some VERY useful information for moms with kids of all ages and I want to share them with you.

If you still feel uncomfortable with door to door trick-or-treating, you can often find safe alternatives by checking with your nearby churches, businesses, shopping centers, or local community center. There seems to be a new trend of organized Halloween gatherings which provide safe trick-or-treating, games, costume contest, and kids seem to enjoy it much more than the traditional door-to-door option.

I came across this excellent chart at www.CDC.gov :

Going trick-or-treating?

S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.