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Keep your house, kids and pets safe on the scariest night of the year!"
Are you ready for fright night? Take a moment to consider the simple steps you can take to create a healthier howl-iday for all:
Skip candy and stock up on inexpensive alternatives, like fun stickers, funky pencils or temporary tattoos. Hosting a Halloween party at home? Check out Produce for Kids on Pinterest for DIY treat ideas.
Jack-o’-lanterns shine just as brightly with glow sticks, mini flashlights and battery-operated LED candles as they do with lit candles, which can pose a fire hazard. Place them on elevated, sturdy surfaces where young children and curious pets can’t reach them.
To cut down candy cravings, partygoers of all ages should start the evening with a balanced meal including fruits, veggies and complex carbs.
Use extra caution while backing up your vehicle, turning and entering alleys or one-way streets during the prime trick-or-treating hours of 5 to 10 p.m. Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more Halloween road safety tips.
While you and your kids enjoy trick or treating, Fido might not. It’s best to leave your dog at home when you go out trick-or-treating.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, “animal shelters and veterinarians see a spike in their business during the Halloween season.” Ensure that your dogs (and cats, too) are wearing collars with up-to-date ID tags and your contact info.
Mark your calendar
You’re invited to celebrate Halloween with us at the South Side YMCA. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! This event is open to the community.