Family Matters: Make it a safe Halloween!

[ 0 ] October 29, 2013 |

As we prepare our kiddos for a fun day or evening of trick-or-treating, let’s also help make it safe for them. The American Red Cross offers us some common sense safety tips worth repeating (and if you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween activities in the area this weekend and even on Halloween Day, take a look right here).

– Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
– Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
– Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
– Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (Remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
– Plan your route and share it with your family if you go only with friends. If possible, have an adult go with you.
– Carry a flashlight to light your way.
– Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
– Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
– Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
– Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
– Be cautious of animals and strangers.
– Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Read more safety tips at the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Category: child safety

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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