Kids love Halloween – it’s a time for dress up, treats and scary fun. But if you’re a parent, you want your child to be safe. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Your little ghost may be over eager to get out there, but don’t allow him to go trick or treating alone. Have your children go with a trusted adult or a group of friends.
- Beware of dark streets. Take a flashlight with you and attach reflective tape to your child’s costume or treat bag.
- Tame your tiny monster. Don’t let your child run in the streets. Stick to sidewalks.
- Make sure your child’s costume fits and that they can see through their masks. You don’t want them to trip and fall – especially if he’s dressed as Superman!
- Check the candy to make sure none of the packaging is open. Avoid eating anything made by a stranger.
And don’t forget to keep your kids’ teeth safe on Halloween. Have your child eat a healthy meal before going out to trick and treat. They’ll be less likely to eat too much candy.
Can you believe chocolate is the best candy choice for kids? Seventy-nine percent of dentists who give out candy on Halloween choose chocolates. Why? Candies that are hard and chewy tend to stick to teeth longer. So don’t forget to have your kids brush and floss afterward! Go to Delta Dental’s Tricky Treats website for more ideas on how to keep your kids’ smiles healthy during Halloween. Check out additional Halloween food safety tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.