Halloween is HERE! A great way to encourage students to be safe and physically active this Halloween is to reinforce safe pedestrian behaviors.
Tips for Youngest children:
1. Use a Sidewalk When there is a sidewalk we should always use it. If there is not a sidewalk we should always walk on the side of the street, closest to the grass or buildings.
2. Face the Traffic
3. Walk Safely – Safe Behavior When Walking Near Traffic
1. Walk, don’t run.
2. Don’t play around with friends or push.
3. Stay close to a parent, adult, or older sibling.
4. Stay away from cars and busy roads.
5. Be aware of what’s around you. Don’t let toys, phones, or anything else distract you.
4. Beware of Driveways
1) Stop at least one big step before you get to the driveway.
2) Look and listen for cars that may be parked in the driveway. If there is a person inside the car, if the back white lights are on, or if you hear cars in the driveway running, DON’T MOVE! Stop and wait until you know the car is not moving.
3) Look left, right, and left again to make sure cars aren’t entering the driveway from the street, or moving in the driveway. Drivers are often looking for other traffic and might not see you so be cautious!
4) If there is no one in the car, the lights are not on, and all directions are clear, it is safe to cross. Walk with your head up, looking for traffic as you cross.
5. Dress to Be Seen
The best way to be seen when it is dark outside is to wear bright-colored clothing or reflective materials and carry a flashlight. Reflective materials are shiny and become brighter when light hits them. You should put reflective materials on your clothing when it is dark outside so drivers can see you.
- Give children a healthy snack before they go trick-or-treating so that they'll be less tempted to eat their sweets as they go door-to-door. Make sure your children understand that they can't eat any of their candy until you check to make sure it is safe. Get rid of homemade treats made by strangers.
- Allow your children to pick out a few of their favorite treats to have right after trick-or-treating. Keep the rest of their candy out of sight and allow them only one to two pieces when they ask for it.
- Consider trading a toy or extra allowance for your children's candy. If they are young enough, say the "Candy Fairy" will substitute a toy for the candy if they leave it out for her.
- Be a role model by consuming Halloween treats in moderation yourself. Also, it's a good idea to buy candy at the last minute and get rid of leftovers to avoid temptation.
- Let caregivers such as grandparents and babysitters know the rules on candy, which will prevent children from getting mixed messages.
- Think about giving out non-food treats such as stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, bubbles, small games or colored pencils. If you prefer to give out candy, choose bite-sized ones and hand out dark chocolate (it has antioxidants) or hard candy (it takes longer to eat).
Send it all to the troops, of course!
- Our military men and women deployed around the world always enjoy candy in their care packages, and this is the perfect time of year for shipping chocolate–the cooler weather means it's less likely to melt!
- Now is the time to plan how you will use Halloween to support the troops. Patriotic kids and parents can send extra Halloween candy to Soldiers' Angels, who will make sure it brightens the day of a service member far from home (please be sure to send "the good stuff,"–no crushed/melted candy or broken/torn wrappers, etc). Stores also offer big discounts on their extra Halloween candy after the 31st, a great opportunity to stock up!
- Halloween is a great opportunity to get your school and community involved in gathering candy for deployed heroes. http://soldiersangels.org
To send your candy to the troops: Soldiers' Angels
1792 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
————-Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents———–
Take these simple steps to help your children have a fun – and safe – Halloween
- Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”
- To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
- Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
- Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
- Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.