If you will be taking your little ones out Trick-or-Treating this afternoon and evening, we here at Bellyitch urge you to take safety precautions ahead of time. Here are some last-minute things to keep in mind compliments of the Pediatric Care network:
Halloween Safety Tips for Children:
- Pin your child’s name, address and phone number to the inside of his or her costume in case you get separated.
- Make sure older children are trick or treating in groups and that your child has a cell phone to call you if they get separated.
- Only approach houses with porch lights on.
- Never let them enter a house while trick or treating
- Only eat candy from sealed packages–no homemade treats.
Halloween Safety Tips for Teens:
- Make sure you know where the party is, who will be there and how you can reach them. Call the host parents to verify that adults will be supervising.
- Talk to them about personal safety. Don’t accept food or drinks from anyone they don’t trust and to never leave their drink unattended.
- Girls should never leave a party alone, always have someone escort them to their car.
- Never get into a car with someone who has been drinking.
- Above all, make it clear they can always call you–no matter what the situation–and that you will come to get them.