Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone. But with all fun things there are safety concerns. Here are some safety tips to keep your little ones (and big ones) safe during this time.

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Safety Tip #1) Always be seen

– Make sure the costumes you and your family are wearing are visible. Things like shiny costumes or reflective duct tape are great so cars can see you.

Safety Tip #2) Don’t let candy be eaten before inspection

– Do not allow your kids to eat any candy prior to an inspection by a parent or guardian. There have been reported incidents such as candy poisoned through a small poked hole or some have been known to put razor blades in fruits and treats.

Safety Tip #3) Do not trick or treat by yourself

– Never let your teens or child go trick or treating by themselves. Kidnappers and hoodlums look out for lone kids/teens. It’s easier to grab a loner then when in a group.

Safety Tip #4) Dress for the weather

– Dressing for the weather is always important! Make sure the costumes can fit over weather appropriate clothing. You don’t want being cold to ruin your chance to have a good time.

Safety Tip #5) Allergies

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– If you have any allergies let the person at that house know. If you are handing out candy, make sure they are peanut free and the sort.

Safety Tip #6) Cellphones

– If you kids are old enough; have them bring a cellphone along in case there is an emergency.

Safety Tip #7) Have a Flashlight

– Definitely have a flashlight with you at all times. Whether it’s while taking your kids or if your kids are going in a group.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.