Treats Not Tricks
It is so much fun to take your little kiddos trick or treating on Halloween. So please be safe this year while heading out to haunt the neighbors wearing scary and silly costumes. Did you know that 9 out of 10 kids would probably name candy-eating as their very favorite part? I am sure that even adults would say that about the candy, their kids bring home.
Before your little ghosts and goblins tear into those treat bags, keep these Halloween candy safety tips in mind.
Kids should not be permitted to dip into their candy stash while trick or treating. Instead, have Mom or Dad inspect the contents of the loot bags before giving candy consumption the go-ahead.
Don’t accept unwrapped or homemade treats from people you don’t know. It’s okay if Aunt Betty baked three dozen pumpkin cupcakes, or if the kindly neighbor lady is passing out homemade cookies.
Avoid unwrapped treats that come from strangers.
When you get your kids home with their bags of candy, give everything a thorough inspection before permitting them to dig into their stash. If you see any of the following, toss it:
• Unwrapped candies or other snacks
• Sweets with a missing or torn-open wrapper
• Anything unusual about the candy, such as a wrapper that appears to have been re-glued, or any oddly shaped candies
The above irregularities may indeed be the result of a manufacturing or packaging error. Even so, best stick to safe snacking…especially on Halloween.
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
*Article originally published in October 2017 and has now been updated.
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