For families with young kids, the days leading up to Halloween may seem endless. With costumes to make and spooky treats to bake, parents can be preoccupied, however, it's important that they don't skip out on staying on top of their children's health, as well as their own.
Prepare for cold weather
If you're making costumes this year, think logistically about what you're creating. One of the biggest requirements of spooky ensembles is that they must be able to keep a child warm while he or she is trick or treating.
By the end of October, there's a good chance that the temperature will drop, especially once the sun goes down. It's important to keep your kids warm, especially during their baby development period, but if not, they risk catching a cold - or worse - the flu. One way to keep children warm is to dress them in layers.
Stay safe on the streets
Children should always be accompanied by an adult on Halloween. While it may be tempting for them to run from house to house, it's important that someone is watching to make sure that they're staying clear of cars and not endangering themselves. In addition, Halloween night is a prime time for older juveniles to act out and play pranks.
Also, make sure that kids' costumes don't obstruct their vision or are so long that they could potentially trip on them. It's important that they have all their senses intact for this event.
Finally, with everyone dressed in spooky costumes, some of which may have masks, it's important that parents or guardians stay on top of who they're watching. While other groups may be trick or treating close by, it can be easy for a child to lost or stumble upon a group he or she doesn't belong to.
Watch what kids eat
Flu season came just in time for this candy-filled holiday, so parents should be cautious of what their kids eat. They may want to make sure that all candy received from trick or treating is properly contained in its wrapper, and that their children wash their hands before digging into their bag of treats. In addition, either mom or dad may want to remove any baked goods that came from strangers - you never know what could be in them.
After allowing your kids to eat more candy than they probably should (and once they've come down from their sugar high), you'll want to put your hopefully exhausted children to bed. However, before doing so, make sure that they brush and floss their teeth to keep them pearly white. All that sugar can get stuck in between their teeth and along the gum line. So, perhaps have them brush for an extra minute on Halloween.
Do you have any Halloween suggestions for our readers? What have you ensured safe trick or treating in the past? Leave your answers in the comments section!