This post focuses on health and safety tips to ensure your child has a fun and safe Halloween. “Why the health tips,” you may ask. Well, consider how many people have allergies and food sensitivities. For instance, a large percentage of candy bars contain peanuts.
Sure you could scour the stores shelves for allergy friendly snacks, but remember how the saying goes, “trick or treat?” Does it always have to be a treat? You could be the delight of many kids and provide some fun tricks that come in the form of toys. Think of small Halloween themed items like bubbles, stickers, colored pencils, yo-yo’s, Play-Doh; the list is endless.
One benefit of toys is kids won’t be sorely disappointed in seeing the majority of their treats being confiscated at the end of the night. It’s sad to think that we have to be wary of people with bad intentions, but you never know. I can still remember my mom telling me, “Don’t eat anything that isn’t wrapped and don’t eat anything until I inspect it and don’t eat the Almond Joys – those are my favorite.”
The other safety tips seem to be pretty obvious. Have a responsible adult walk with children; don’t go alone; have reflective material on the costume; carry a flashlight; and so on. What may not be obvious to children is to remind them not to enter a person’s home. Teach them to stay on the porch no matter what; it’s not necessary or appropriate to enter a stranger’s house.
As masks are a bit old fashioned, your child may want to have their face painted. I would recommend regular makeup or face paint to reduce the likelihood of skin reactions. It’s advisable to do a test patch on your child’s arm a day prior to ensure their skin doesn’t react.
One last piece I want to leave you with is a post I came across on social media that reminds us to be patient. “The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may have motor planning issues. The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you may be non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl might have an allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory issue (SPD) or autism. That BIG boy, might ‘appear’ to be an adult, but may be developmentally delayed. Choose your words wisely. Be nice. Be patient” (Misialek, 2015).
For some last minute tips, check out the link I included below. Until next time, discover the power of being prepared. Have a safe and happy Halloween!