You love your new house and Halloween is a great way to meet the neighbors. But you want your house to be safe. Here are some tips
- Clear your yard of as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
- Put pets up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
- Consider battery powered jack o’lantern candles; they are safer than a real flame. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn.
- Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.