Keep 'Em Safe

9 Tips for Parents
Follow these guidelines to keep trick-or-treaters out of harm’s way.
  1. Supervise children under 13. Make sure older kids travel in groups.
  2. If your trick-or-treater will be walking outdoors, place reflective tape or stickers over his outfit.
  3. If you’ll be out after sunset, have your child carry a flashlight, so she can see and others can spot her.
  4. Choose a costume with a light-colored element—such as a painted face or white sneakers. Choose nontoxic and hypoallergenic face paint and cosmetics.
  5. Make sure your child’s costume fits. Oversized sleeves and hems can cause trips and falls. Make sure a hat doesn’t cover the eyes.
  6. Only trick or treat at homes your child knows.
  7. Examine goodies for puncture marks and holes. Throw away any suspicious treats.
  8. If your child has food allergies, be sure to read every label carefully before letting them sample their finds.
  9. Ensure that your front entrance is well-lit if you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters.


Boo Good

Some children are finding Halloween the perfect time to give back. Instead of (or in addition to) trick-or-treating for “treats,” these kids collect donations in small, colorful Unicef boxes. Or they’re getting the word out about donating online or via text message. Money collected goes toward helping children in need around the world. Learn more at Trick-or-Treat for Unicef.