Pulse Alternative Dance and Fitness


Halloween is a here and while I will be sitting outside my home with candy, awaiting waves of kids to come by I will also be helping my community and the parents with keeping it as safe as possible. I urge them all to take precautions both before and after trick-or-treating to keep children safe.

Here are some tips:

Treat Tips:

  • Don’t allow children to eat any candy before it is inspected for signs of tampering such as ripped packaging, pinholes, discoloring or any other unusual appearance.
  • Children should only eat commercially prepared and packaged snacks. Homemade candy or baked goods should be discarded. (sad but necessary)
  • If juice or cider is served to children at Halloween parties, make sure it is pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy harmful bacteria. Don’t allow children to accept drinks from unknown people.

Costume Tips:

  • Use of safe face paint rather than a mask can help children see better and avoid dangerous objects such as cars and tripping hazards. Follow all paint directions and never decorate a child’s face with things that are not intended for use on skin. If decorating skin with a product you have never used before, try a dab on an arm for a couple of days to check for an allergic reaction before applying to one’s face.
  • Decorate or trim costumes with reflective material hat will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights.
  • Purchase only flame resistant costumes, masks, beards, and wigs.

Trick or Treating Tips:

  • An adult, or an older, responsible child should always accompany small children.
  • Children should walk, not run, from house to house using sidewalks, instead of walking in the street.
  • Children should only approach houses with outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
  • Carry a flashlight to help see and be seen.
  • Children should not enter homes or apartments of strangers.
  • Be aware of obstacles on lawns, steps and porches, especially candle-lit jack-o-lanterns that may be brushed by a child’s costume, as the costume may catch fire.