Halloween is a fun time of year for young kids. I have taken my kids trick or treating in malls and out in public around the neighborhoods for about six years. It is important for parents to be vigilant when checking the candy that their children are given. Here are some safety tips for Halloween candy.
Discard Candy That Is Unlabeled
Some people give out homemade candy or candy that lacks a wrapper. I always discard this type of candy as you never know who made it or how old it is. It is important for parents to do a visual inspection of all of the candy that their child has before giving it to kids so that they can eat it.
Throw Out Any Open Candy
My kids have come home with candy that has tears in the wrapper or is partially opened or unwrapped. I never allow them to eat this candy and throw it out immediately. It is better to be safe than sorry because you never know who might be trying to do something unsafe when giving kids candy.
Read the Candy Wrappers Very Carefully
One Halloween, I had a friend who gave his daughter what he thought was a Hershey milk chocolate bar. It turns out it was a chocolate bar with nuts in it and she had an allergic reaction and had to go to the emergency room. Parents need to make sure that they watch out for potential allergy inflicting substances that could be in the candy.
Look for Expiration Dates
Some people give out old candy from the year prior. It is important for parents to look for expiration dates and throw away any expired candy. There is usually a date listed on the bottom of the package to ensure that the candy is fresh.
Protect Kids from Potential Choking Hazards
It is important for parents to make sure that their kids are eating candy that is appropriate for their age. My three year old was once given life savers. These can be hard to chew and children can choke on them. It is a good idea for parents to sort the candy by age level and then swap out candy with older children who have candy that is soft and easier to chew.
Trick or Treat at Houses Where You Know the Owners
I have found that I prefer to only visit homes where I know the owners very well. This allows me to feel more secure when my kids go trick or treating. Parents should consider banning together and doing trick or treating together. This allows kids to enjoy themselves and makes it more likely that the candy collected will be safe to eat.