Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Safety with Little Angels Preschool Daycare Ypsilanti

Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday.  Children and many adults enjoy dressing in costume, eating sweet snacks, and even participating in spooky activities like a haunted walk.  Luckily many communities, businesses, churches, and schools now have daytime Halloween programs that provide a safer environment for trick-or-treating. 

In fact, Little Angels Preschool & Daycare’s Trunk-or-Treat is on Halloween, Thursday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m.  Parents – Please let us know if you’re coming to hand out candy and to see all of the adorable costumes!   
Remember we also close early on that day.  So you’ll need to make arrangements to pick up your child by 4:00 p.m.

However, if you're taking your little one out for a nighttime activity or to a local neighborhood for Trick-or-treat, it’s important to follow these tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.

·          Remind children to walk, not run, and to stay with you or the adult who is supervising them. 

·          Use sidewalks and crosswalks as often as you can.  Try to avoid walking in between cars or using alleyways for shortcuts. 

·          Tell the children that all candy must be inspected by you before they eat any.  It’s best to avoid any homemadetreats.  

·          Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes and candy bags/buckets. 

·          Make sure that their costume fits well and remove trip hazards.  If their costume has long sleeves they could be dangerous around flames, not to mention get extra messy around food and drinks!

·          Be sure they wear safe, sturdy shoes to prevent slips and falls. 

·          Try to avoid masks and apply makeup instead.  This will allow them to see clearly. If they must wear a mask, check to make sure they can breathe easily and that the eyeholes are large enough to allow full vision.  Most masks can be trimmed to accommodate the wearer. Grease paint could be applied near the eyes to blend their skin into the mask better.

·          Accessories should be foam or soft.  Hard plastic knives and swords can still hurt. 

·          Costumes should be flame-resistant.  If they’re also covered in hairspray or spray-on hair color, it may be wise to tell them to completely avoid any open flames. 

·          Provide them with a glow stick or flashlight to carry.  It will help them see better when walking and help others see them. 

·          At the end of the evening, make sure that they wash off all of their makeup to avoid irritation of the eyes or skin. 

Are you still deciding on what costume to make? 

We’ve added some fun ideas to our Pinterest Page.

Local Trick-or-Treat Schedule

For October 31, 2013

Ann Arbor  5-8 p.m.

Ypsilanti 6-8 p.m.

Saline 6-8 p.m.

Dexter 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Chelsea 4-6 p.m.

Have a safe, and happy Halloween! 

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