Every Halloween, we want to be sure that every child receives safe candy and that's why all of us here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, like to share information like this with our blog readers throughout the Bay Area.
- Curb candy appetites by giving your trick-or-treaters an early meal or nutritious snack before they head outside. It may prevent a Halloween tummy ache later!
- Always accompany young ghosts and goblins when they are out trick-or-treating. Stick to familiar neighborhoods and houses.
- When trick-or-treating at night or on cloudy days, make sure children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Think costume safety. Avoid clumsy shoes or boots. Opt for face paints, available in special kits, rather than vision-restricting masks.
- Inspect all candies before the kids dive into them. Discard any that are unwrapped or have torn wrappers.
- Discard fruit and homemade treats unless you personally know their source. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Tiny tots may receive candies that are a potential choking hazard for them. Remove any that might be difficult to chew or swallow, such as small, round hard candies, caramels and gum balls. See our section on Feeding Tips for Young Children for more information.
- Don't let limited trick-or-treating put a damper on Halloween fun. Host a post trick-or-treat party for a few of your child's friends. Let them make some spooky homemade treats, such as Boo Cups.
- When lighting a carved jack-o-lantern, always use a candle with a solid base. To prevent a fire hazard, never leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended.
- For a food-safe Halloween school treat, make a batch of Pumpkin-Raisin Bars. Wrapped individually in plastic wrap, they are easy to transport and require no refrigeration.
Sources: YouTube and SafeKids.org