Here are some tips for Halloween trick or treating:
- Go trick or treating with an older brother, sister, friend or
- Go to houses that you know are safe.
- Reduce the risk of cross-contamination by saying "no thank you"
to unsafe treats.
- Wait 'til you get home to eat your treats.
- Eat your favorite meal before you go out trick or treating …
it will make it easier to wait.
- Remember to carry your epinephrine auto-injector.
When you get home:
- Sort through your candies with mom or dad.
- Remove any food containing your allergen, as well as loose candies, homemade items and unlabelled products.
- Read ingredients carefully. If in doubt, pass it on. Some schools collect Halloween candy for outreach programmes for senior's homes and shelters.
- Miniature and regular sizes of the same chocolate bar may be different. One size may be safe and the other not. Check the labels and call the manufacturer if you're not sure.
- Wash hands thoroughly after sorting your treats and before eating.
- Some children choose to trade all their treats with safe treats from their parents. Others "sell" or trade their unsafe snacks for safe treats, money, or other non-food items.
Above all ... have a safe and Happy Halloween and let us know your safe tips so that we can share them next year. We'd also love to see your artwork, stories and pictures for our art gallery!
You can mail these tips to a friend at the Safe4Kids Post Office.