Be Aware of the Temperature
As much of the country enjoys seasonal temperature dips, in Arizona it will undoubtedly still be in the 90s or higher. Instead of masks, try non-toxic face paint, avoid heavy-weight costumes and bring lots of water to stay hydrated.
Nut-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free
If your child has any allergies, be sure to check the ingredients listed or have a stash of candy at home you know is safe to eat that you can swap out when you return. Eating a well-balanced meal before heading out will discourage everyone from eating lots of candy.
Toddlers should avoid eating any hard candy or chewy substances that can be a choking hazard. Check your children treats before they eat any, beware of any unwrapped or homemade treats from neighbors you don’t know.
It’s a great time to talk about pedestrian safety with kids, such as looking both ways before crossing the street. Kids should be accompanied by an adult and should always use sidewalks during your route. Incorporate reflective tape, flashlights or glow sticks on your costumes and treat bags so your trick or treat group is more visible.
Beware of What You Wear
Make sure costumes don’t obstruct the view or could cause a tripping hazard. Wear comfortable shoes. Any costume props should be made of soft, light-weight material to ensure comfort along the way.
Staying at Home
If you are planning to stay home and pass out candy, remember to make sure your house is well lit and any safety or tripping hazards have been removed. If you have pets that may run to the door or are a little anxious, make sure they are restrained from jumping or knocking over children. Consider offering coloring books or non-food items for kids that have allergies.