Halloween is just around the corner and if your kids are anything like mine, they are super excited to dress up as their favorite characters and eat lots of candy!
As a parent however, Halloween can be a scary time as we send our little pumpkins and superhero’s out Trick or Treating.
Here are some simple tricks to keep your kids safe this Halloween:
• Make sure to adhere to the “rules of the road” by walking on the sidewalks in well-lit areas, using cross walks when available and checking for cars by stopping, looking and listening before crossing the road.
• Make sure that your child’s costume can easily been seen in the dark, and if it can’t be make sure they are wearing reflective shoe wear and carrying kid size flashlights such as this cute one by Melissa and Doug.
• Their costume may require a mask but masks can impede their vision so see if you can compromise and use face paint instead. If they must absolutely wear a mask, have them remove it when walking from house to house to ensure their safety.
• Make sure to only visit homes where you know the homeowners, rather than visitings strangers.
• Make sure to check over their tricks and treats before they eat them to make sure that all is safe, properly wrapped and free of potential allergens and choking hazards.
• Remember, children under 12 should be supervised while trick-or-treating by a parent or other responsible adult.
Have a scary good time!
Megan Wolff Galko, is the founder and owner NEPAMom.com. Megan is a graduate of the University of Scranton and North Pocono HS. Megan has served as Deputy Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). She is also a former reporter for The Scranton Times and The Moscow Villager. She and her husband, Vince have five children. They live in Northeastern Pennsylvania.