We are so excited for trick-or-treating to be back in the Grand Strand and we are sure the kiddos are thrilled to show off those costumes this year! But, with all the excitement, candy, and later than usual bedtimes, we know kids can be distracted. So, parents, it’s up to you to make sure they are visible, follow the rules, and don’t eat anything strange! Here’s some tips on how to keep your little ones safe this Halloween:
Pick The Right Size
Make sure whatever costume the kids wear is comfortable and fits them properly. We wouldn’t want anyone tripping over long pant legs and we want to make sure they have a full range of motion.
Keep It Bright
Dark colors are hard to see at night, so make sure your kids are visible with a bright costume or a reflective candy bag if they are going as a ninja!
Break Out The Makeup
Costume masks can obstruct vision, especially if they aren’t tight or don’t fit properly. Instead, opt for makeup or face paint to create the same mask-like effect.
Test It Out
To piggy-back on the makeup, make sure to test it out before the big night.It’s always good to do a trial run in case you need to perfect your design or make sure your kiddo doesn’t have an allergic reaction to the makeup/paint.
Choose Non Flammable Fabric
The neighbors may have real candles in those jack-o-lanterns, so make sure your child’s costume is made with 100 percent synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester and avoid loose capes and glittery fabrics which can tend to be flammable.
Get Your Glow On
Light up the night by giving your kids glow sticks, flashlights, and bike lights to make sure they can be seen by anyone who may be driving around Halloween night.
Accompany Tiny Trick-Or-Treaters
The littlest of trick-or-treaters should always have an adult with them when they walk around town showing off their costume and gathering candy.
Go In Groups
Groups are always noticeable. Find some friends and go door-to-door together!
Look for well-lit homes only. Don’t feel like you have to hit every house on the block. Chances are, if they don’t have lights on, they don’t have candy.
Stay On The Steps
Never ever let your kiddos inside the home of whoever they are getting candy from. Unless it’s a family member or trusted neighborhood friend
Follow The Rules Of The Road
Set a good example and only cross the street at crosswalks. If you are driving through the neighborhood, remember to take it a little slower than usual.
Ask For Help
Look for Police Officers or Neighborhood Watch if you require assistance, need help, or spy something extra spooky.
Check It All Out
Before letting your kids dive in to their candy supply, dump the bag out and check over everything to make sure nothing looks suspicious or is partially unwrapped. This also gives you the chance to swipe your favorites out of the stash.
Be Alert For Allergens
If your child has a serious allergy, take the previous step to the next level and remove any candies that might set off those food sensitivities or that have unfamiliar labels.
At the end of the night before going to bed, don’t forget to have the kids brush their teeth! No cavities in your household!
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