Chances are, your child is brimming with excitement at the prospect of trick-or-treating this year. However, it is important to consider safety during this festive time. Below are some great tips from the CDC to help ease your mind this Halloween season, whether you and your children are trick-or-treating or hosting a party.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Children and teens should avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help get noticed by drivers.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats eaten. For tips on how to use extra candy, check out our recent blog.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating, and always walk from house to house. No running!
- Test makeup in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Last, but not least, just as a crossing guard would tell you: “look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Hosting a Party?
- Provide healthier options for trick-or-treaters such as: low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of physical activity.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Be sure to place them on sturdy tables, and keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
Halloween is a fun time for everyone. Being safe and avoiding accidents will only increase the enjoyment for you and your family!