Halloween is a VERY fun time! I love the crisp feeling of the fall season in the air, colorful leaves on the ground, apples ripe for picking, funny and scary decorations and of course the perfect time to dress up as someone or something else. Halloween is one holiday that I truly enjoy.
I love dressing up, and in our home I have a hand in purchasing or making our costumes (I try to glue or staple on something here and there!). All costumes are kept secret from one another until October 31st. That night, we all find our personal space to change and, once we’re fully ready, we come out all dressed in the costume we were so anxious to wear and show off! Everybody looks at the other in shock, with surprise and laughter. It’s not a moment to criticize; it’s a moment to praise each other’s creativity and have fun!
When we go out at night, I am extra cautious, as the streets are especially busy. Kids are having fun, and so is the big kid in me!
Here are a few tips to ensure the safety of our children on Halloween:
- Carry a bright working flashlight outside.
- Have a charged up cell phone, or if your children are older and go out alone, be sure to send them with a phone that they can reach you on incase they need you.
- Be sure to hold your children’s hands, especially when crossing the street.
- Stay on streets that are busy and active.
- Knock on doors of homes that look festive for the night. Not everyone participates on Halloween, so teach your children to respect the homes that have no decorations with the lights turned off by not disturbing them.
- Be sure your child has a jacket or carry it with in preparation of cold weather.
- Be sure your child can walk in their costume.
- If your child’s costume has a long train/fabric, be sure they pick it up off the ground so that nobody trips and hurt themselves.
- If you want to avoid your child’s sleepy tantrum, go out early!
- Feed your child a healthy dinner before going trick or treating. After all, they are getting candy loaded with sugar!
- Check every piece of candy before your child eats it to be sure it has not been tampered with.
- READ THE INGREDIENTS! If you are unsure of something or they do not list the ingredients, do not eat it. For some parents, this is the night they find out their child has a food allergy, so be aware and be careful.
Some allergy signs to look for:
- A rash on the face or ANY part of the body
- Itchy throat
- Itchy Tongue
- Swollen eyes or lips
- Cannot Breathe
If any of these symptoms occur, call 911 right away or go to the nearest emergency room, whichever one is quickest.
If your child does have food allergies, there are safe options so that they don’t have to feel left out this Halloween. Some companies I like are No Nut Nation and Divvies. Today, many companies allow you to order online food and treats geared for those with food allergies/sensitivities. I also bake goodies and buy candy I know that are safe for my family so they too can have fun!
No child should be neglected on Halloween due to food allergies. There are options, you just have to take the time to find them!
One more thing – Remember, Halloween is only ONE night. It’s up to you to make the decision on how long you have that candy in the house. High sugar consumption leads to hyperactivity, irritability, and fogginess while also curbing their appetite, so be careful!
Happy Halloween. Be safe and have fun!