There are always new and more disturbing stories of poisoned or otherwise tainted Halloween candy that come to the public's attention each year. For that reason, parents are often very concerned about keeping their kids safe during Halloween celebrations.
Not all children are doomed to have a bad Halloween candy experience. Parents can do quite a bit to ensure that their children enjoy all the fun of Halloween without any of the unpleasant possibilities. Both parents and their children need to follow some important safety steps in order to have a fun and safe time this year.
* Don't eat anything that has a loose wrapper. Many times if a wrapper is suspect, the candy inside is also. Tightly wrapped packaging is a good sign that someone hasn't unwrapped and re-wrapped the candy, something that would be hard to do well.
* Keep your kids from overindulging in their trick-or-treating spoils by giving them a full meal before you leave the house in search of sweets and treats.
* Do not let your children decide to eat what candy they want. Instead, decide for yourself which candy you will permit your children to eat. It is not easy to prevent your kids from eating candy they want without you being aware of it. You could establish a similar rule and let your kids eat all the candy they want from friends' houses that you know you can trust.
* Examine any fruits or sweets that are homemade very carefully, since some disturbed individuals have been known to insert such goodies with needles, pins, and razorblades.
* To protect yourself and maybe start a new trend in your neighborhood, maybe affix some of those free address labels you get tons of in the mail to the candy you give out, taking responsibility and helping out your own neighbors peace of mind.
* Ask your children to notice who gives them what. Now, I know this won't be 100% accurate or even often remembered, but planting a seed ion their heads can work wonders. Try not to do it in a frightening manner, maybe phrasing it as an attempt to be able to thank them later.
* Above all else, one rule regarding Halloween candy must always be followed with absolutely no possible exceptions. When in doubt, throw it out! Doing this will eliminate almost all dangers when it comes to Halloween candy.
* Try to limit your trick-or-treating to the late afternoon or early evening hours, and if at all possible, accompany your children.
Hopefully these suggestions will be able to help you have a safe and fun Halloween with your children.
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