1. Common Tips To Help Increase Halloween Safety

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    From Aaron Miller, M.D. at ChildrensMD:

    The Costume

    • Dark costumes are hard to see at dusk or dark. Consider a light colored costume or adding reflective tape (available at most hardware stores).
    • Masks with small holes make seeing difficult. Consider face paint instead.
    • Avoid costumes that drag along the ground and can lead to falling.

    The Street

    • Drive extra slowly when going through neighborhoods, especially where there are parked cars that children can run out from behind.
    • Cross the street with your children as few times as possible by going to all houses on one side, then switching to the houses on the opposite side of the street.
    • Have children trick-or-treat in groups which includes at least one responsible adult.
    • Have children carry a flashlight to help them see and be seen better.

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    The Candy

    • Avoid homemade goods unless you know the neighbor.
    • Avoid candy that is not properly wrapped.
    • Consider healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix, or pretzels.
    • Consider having your children turn their candy into cash through the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. This program, usually run out of participating dentist offices, gives one dollar for every pound of Halloween candy. This candy is, in turn, then sent as part of a care package to troops serving overseas. 

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    The Home

    • Be careful of pumpkins or other decorations with lit candles, as they can lead to fire.
    • Make sure your smoke detector batteries have been replaced recently.
    • Be careful of decorations and wires that can trip or injure children.


    Are these tips that you have heard of and utilized before? What rules and suggestions to you tell your kids every year when they go out trick-or-treating?

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  2. Halloween Safety Tips For Kids With Allergies Or Asthma

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    From Jackson Hospital’s Health Library:

    Parents of kids with allergies and asthma don’t need to be afraid of letting their children enjoy the holiday. But it is important to take some precautions to make sure that kids avoid potentially serious reactions to the allergy or asthma triggers that sometimes lurk in candy, costumes, and makeup.

    To protect your favorite little ghost or goblin, follow these tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:

    • Be cautious about candy. Don’t let kids who have food allergies eat any treat before you’ve checked its package—or the company website—for a list of all ingredients. Should you have any doubt about the ingredients, throw the candy away. Also, teach your child to politely refuse any home-baked treats, such as cookies or cupcakes.
    • Don’t be tricked by small treats. Be aware that small candy bars may have different ingredients from their regular-size counterparts. Consequently, even if a certain candy is safe for your child, its “fun-size” version might not be.
    • Take away temptation. Feed your trick-or-treater before leaving home so that he or she will be less tempted to gobble up possibly problematic candy. 
      When your child returns home with loot in hand, collect any treats with troublesome ingredients and replace them with allergen-free treats. Or arrange a candy swap with siblings and friends where your child can trade harmful treats for safe ones.
    • Make your home the haunted house. You might bypass trick-or-treating altogether and invite your child’s friends to a Halloween party—where you can control the food that’s served.

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    • Send your youngster out with more than a candy bag. If he or she has asthma, pack a quick-relief inhaler. Cold weather or mold spores hidden in piles of leaves might trigger an attack. Likewise, if your youngster has a life-threatening allergy, pack injectable epinephrine in case of a severe reaction. Any child with severe asthma or allergies should wear a medical alert identification bracelet or chain—even if he or she objects that it’s not part of a Halloween costume. This safeguard can speed treatment in the event of an emergency.
    • Choose safe costumes. Masks can interfere with breathing, which means kids with asthma should either wear a half mask or no mask at all. Masks and costumes may also contain latex and other allergy triggers, so be sure to read their labels if your child has allergies. Also keep in mind that makeup and hair dyes may harbor irritants that can bring on an asthma attack.
    • Don’t let your child trick-or-treat alone. Depending on your child’s age, either accompany your child or see that he or she heads out with a group of friends or a responsible adult. If you’re not present, be sure that whoever is with your child knows about your youngster’s allergies or asthma and how to respond to a severe reaction or attack.


    Do you have allergy- or asthma-prone children? What are your tips and suggestions for a safe and healthy Halloween?

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  3. Lucky 13 Halloween Safety Tips

    From the Mount Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross: 

    CookiesKids.com and The Red Cross want your family to have a safe and fun Halloween, so we ask that you please follow these tips to have a successful & worry free “trick-or-treat”ing night:

    1) Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way back home safely.

    2) From the bravest of superheros to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights.

    3) If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door. Remember, please do not go inside.

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    4) When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.

    5) Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark. (Remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, brooms, and the edges of your cape!)

    6) Whether you walk, slither, or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.

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    7) As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street. (Speaking of streets: The corners are the place for trick-or-treaters to cross, no matter their pace.)

    8) Wigs, capes, and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire.

    9) Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a safety gamble.

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    10) You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars. (Between parked cars is no place to hide - be sure that you’re seen whether you’re a clown or a bride.)

    11) Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on.

    12) You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat, or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals - especially dogs.

    13) Have a grownup inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.


    What Halloween safety tips do you instruct your children to follow? What are your trick-or-treat plans for this year? We’d love to know!

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  4. Summer Sun Safety

    Tumblr Thursday Guest Post by Cookie’s Kids Mom Martha Scully

    Calling all parents and caregivers! You are responsible for children’s sun-safety, so be sure to brush up on your knowledge of sunscreen this year! According to Health Canada, “Exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage, eye damage and weaken the body’s immune system.” But our bodies need vitamin D, so exposure to UV rays also helps us pump up our vitamin D too.

    Parents and caregivers play an important role in the development of sun-safe habits. Everyone wants to stay outside, playing all day and enjoying the sun. That’s ok, but be sure to take steps to protect yourself and the kids for the future.

    • Try to time your outdoor time before 11am or after 4pm, when the sun is the least harmful
    • If you’re out in prime-time, stay in the shade as much as possible; if you’re in the sun, cover up to protect your skin
    • Use sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher and ‘Broad Spectrum” for protection against UVA and UVB rays
    • Apply 20 minutes before you go out, and reapply 20 minutes after you’re out to ensure proper coverage
    • If you go swimming or work up a sweat, reapply often to ensure you’re always covered
    • Make sure you get all the sensitive parts: lips, ears, nose… and feet if you’re like me!

    Remember these tips to ensure that you can have fun all summer!


    About this Cookie’s Kids Mom

    Martha Scully is the owner and founder of CanadianSitter.ca and CanadianNanny.ca. When she is not helping thousands of parents across Canada find childcare, she is raising her two busy daughters in beautiful Nanaimo, BC. She has been featured on CanadaAM, in Today’s Parent, the Globe & Mail, as well as being selected as the 2008 SavvyMom Entrepreneur of the Year.

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