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21 Oct
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5 Tips for Checking Halloween Candy

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and kicks off the first official holiday where candy is readily available everywhere. In order to ensure a safe night of trick-or-treating, parents should be aware of what dangers still trouble our neighborhoods. Although rare, finding candy that has been tampered with is still a problem. As parents, we need to teach our children what to look out for when accepting candy from strangers. Here are some tips for checking Halloween candy after you trick-or-treat.

  1. Don’t snack while trick-or-treating. To eliminate the risk of injury, wait until you’re home to inspect the candy.
  2. Tell your children not to accept anything that isn’t commercially wrapped
  3. Remove hard candies that are choking hazards. These include:
    – Gum
    – Peanuts
    – Taffy
    – and  be careful not to confuse toys with candy
  4. Inspect candy thoroughly. Here’s how:
    – Look for unusual appearance or discoloration
    – Look for tears in the wrappers or tiny pinholes
    – Avoid unwrapped candy
    -Toss out homemade baked goods unless you know who gave them to you
  5. When in doubt, just throw it out

Trick-or-treating can be a fun activity to do on Halloween but there are other dangers to watch out for. Here are some extra tips for a safe night of trick-or-treating.

For trick-or-treaters:

  • Put your electronics down and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be sure to use traffic signals and crosswalks at street corners.
  • Always walk on sidewalks and not on the street.
  • Choose light colors for costumes or add reflective tape to them.
  • Wear face paint instead of masks.

For Drivers:

  • Drive slow and be alert of children in the area.
  • Don’t allow your phone to be a distraction.
  • Turn your headlines on even in the early hours of trick-or-treating.
  • Take extra time to double check streets, intersections, rearview mirror, and your blind spots.

Have a fun, safe, and Happy Halloween!


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