With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk trick-or-treating safety.

There’s no other time of the year that is quite as exciting for small children as Halloween. What could be more fun than dressing up in a costume and collecting candy from the neighbors? Unfortunately, Halloween can also be dangerous, and it’s important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind when you are out trick-or-treating this year. Here are a few tips from our child care experts in Cortlandt Manor to help you enjoy a fun, safe Halloween:

#1. Watch out for unwrapped candies.

Before you go trick-or-treating with your child, make sure that they know not to eat any candy until you have had a chance to look through it. All candy should be individually wrapped, and if it isn’t, your best bet is just to get rid of it.

#2. Go to neighborhoods you are familiar with.

Halloween is not the night to go exploring. To reduce the stress of the evening, stick with neighborhoods that you are already familiar with. Not only is this a great way to keep your kids safe, but if you know the people you are visiting, you can ask to come inside if your child gets too scared or needs a bathroom break in the middle of your trick-or-treating adventure.

#3. Only visit homes with porch lights on.

Not everyone wants to celebrate Halloween, and you shouldn’t force your presence on anyone who doesn’t want to participate. If the light is on, you can assume that it’s okay to ring the doorbell, but if it’s not, move on to the next house.

Stay tuned for our day care’s next blog for more Halloween safety tips.