It is possible for everyone to enjoy a healthy and safe Halloween. Here are a few tips to help:
1. A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
2. Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
3. Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
4. Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.
5. To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
6. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
7. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
8. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
9. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
10. Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.