Hi guys! Who's ready for Halloween? I know I am - combine costumes and candy any day and I'm sold.
In the craziness of preparing, we often forget that we still have to protect our smallest celebrators. But not to worry - I've put together my five best tips in helping you and your family have a safe Halloween!
1) Baby Proof Your Halloween Candy Bowl
Will you have an infant or toddler hanging around when you'll be handing out candy? Be sure to watch out for hard candies, small pieces, popcorn or coins that could end up in your child's mouth.
Remember, there are still some goodies that toddlers and infants are just not ready for. (See our choking hazard foods for infants and toddlers post.)
2) Ensure Costumes Are Breathable and Safe
While there are some cute costumes out there for young children, some may not be suitable for them to wear. Most toddlers are still unstable on their feet, so avoid accessories that restrict hand and feet movement.
Additionally, children are not able to regulate their body temperature well until 18 months to two years, so avoid masks or heavy fabric that could impact breathing or cause excessive sweating underneath.
To be extra safe, consider putting reflective tape on their costume to help make them more visible.
3) Scrutinize the Candy
Like #1, you want to make sure that the candy your toddler receives is safe for them to ingest. This can be tough, but there are some good general guidelines.
Definitely avoid candy that looks like it has been opened or tampered with, and keep an eye on your child while trick or treating in case they try to eat and walk, which can be a choking hazard.
Be sure to cut up any fruit before eating, and avoid homemade foods unless you know the family well.
4) Watch the Decorations & Other Potential Hazards
Your little one may be old enough to understand that Halloween is a fun event, but he or she may not be old enough to realize that some "decorations" are not real.
Stay close and keep their hands away from tempting items like strobe lights, oil lamps, paint or anything that they may be tempted to touch or put in their mouth.
If the environment starts to become too much or too scary, it may make sense to stay close to home or limit time trick-or-treating.
5) Manage Their Stash Accordingly
If your family has candy coming out of its ears by the end of the night, save some for other holidays during the year. As long as you store it correctly, Halloween candy typically lasts a long time.
Another idea is to set aside some for local community centers. Plan a visit to drop off candy so your kids can share with others - a great teaching opportunity.
Hope that helps! Hit me up at Crystal@hugabugg.com for any more questions or comments!