Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - Halloween can be an exciting time no matter how old you are. I mean who wouldn’t be up for scary movies, costumes and free candy? While most of the scary stories and tales you hear are probably not true, that doesn’t mean bad things can’t happen. So here are some tips to keep in mind to keep your kids safe this Halloween.

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-Stay together

Avoid trick-or-treating alone, make sure you child has a group to walk with or even better, have them walk with you or another trusted adult. If they are going without you, instruct your kids to only visit well-lit houses and to never enter someone’s house or car, even if it’s someone they are familiar with. Also make sure you give them a time to check in with you and to be home so that you know if or when you need to start worrying.

-Pay attention to what your kids are eating

Have your child bring their candy home first. This gives you a chance to make sure your child isn’t eating anything you don’t want them to and to make sure there are no choking hazards for the younger ones. Avoid accepting or eating anything that looks homemade or out of the wrapper. While most of the horror stories you hear about poisoned candy is just that, stories, we should still be cautious about what we give our kids.

-Teach safety

Teach kids how to call both 911 and you for help if they’re going out without you. Also make sure your child takes a flashlight along. This helps them see where they’re going to make sure it’s safe and it helps drivers see them alongside the road (Glowsticks can be a good substitute). Traffic accidents are one of the big ways kids can get hurt around Halloween so practice crossing streets safely with your child beforehand.

-Have fun

Of course you want to keep your child safe but at the end of the day we have to remember that we can’t protect them from everything. Talk with them and give them the tools to keep themselves safe but let them be kids at the same time. So let them have fun, I mean how often do we get a chance to pretend to be someone or something else and get free candy for doing it?