|Make sure children can be seen easily and costumes are safe this Halloween.|
Halloween is a very exciting holiday for children. Unfortunately, costumes, candy, and holiday tricksters can add an element of danger to this night. Use the following tips as guidelines for a fun and safe Halloween experience.
- Make sure children can be seen easily by adding reflective tape to costumes or giving them a flashlight or glow-stick to carry.
- Evenings get chilly when the sun disappears. Make sure they have jackets, mittens, etc.
- Choose face make-up rather than masks so nothing will obstruct their vision.
- Make sure costumes aren’t too long to avoid tripping and falling.
- Use flame retardant costumes.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye exam and a prescription from an eye doctor. Otherwise, serious eye disorders and infections can occur.
Trick or Treating:
- Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Older children should follow a pre-determined specific route and time to return home. Checking in with a cell phone periodically is also a good idea.
- Cross street in a group at corners and established crosswalks.
- Only go to homes with porch lights on.
- Always use sidewalks or pathways. If there are no sidewalks walk facing traffic.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Be extra alert as drivers may not easily see you.
- Have a healthy dinner before going trick-or-treating. This may stop children from filling up on candy.
- Wait until back home to sort and inspect treats. Throw out any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Be aware of food allergies and remove any treats with the offending ingredient.
- Ration the Halloween candy in the following days/weeks so children (and adults!) don’t overindulge.
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