When you think of Halloween safety and dangers, you may think of protecting your children from child predators, murderers, and even actual monsters.
But the reality is that most of the dangers related to Halloween are much more mundane and easily preventable by parents.
Here are three tips for having a safe (and fun) Halloween, as reported by the Quad-City Times:
You may not think of a child's costume as being dangerous. However, a lot of children's costumes are not made of fire-retardant materials and can be flammable. So if you have a young child dressed as a superhero, you may want to forego the cape or try making one with a natural fire suppressant like wool.
In addition, keep an eye out for costume masks. Some may not have proper ventilation and could pose a suffocation risk to your child.
Pumpkins with lit candles pose a fire hazard to children (see children with capes, above). In the alternative, parents may want to consider other options like solar lights or energy-efficient LED lights, reports the Times.
Additionally, certain artificial scents and smoke devices may pose asthma risks to vulnerable children. You should be aware that many young children will be coming onto your property on Halloween. So you may want to forego the coolest decorations for one slightly less cool, but safer.
Probably the greatest safety risk during Halloween comes in the form of candy. And we're not talking about razor blades or outside poison stuck inside the candy. The actual candy itself is harmful enough.
An average child may come home with a pillow case full of caramel, sugar sticks, and other treats. So that child could be snacking on the sugary treats for weeks at a time, leading to cavities, diabetes, and weight gain.
As an alternative, you may want to consider giving out small toys, party favors, money (quarters/dimes), stickers, and other small collectibles.