Halloween is a fun time of year for many kids and adults alike. It can also be a time that calls for extra caution, as candy, treats, costumes, parties and trick-or-treating all introduce various risks. With a bit of extra preparation, you can make sure you and your loved ones stay safe this Halloween.
Tips for Treats
- Sort through children’s candy before they eat it to ensure all items are properly wrapped in their original factory packaging. Look out for wrappers that are torn or seem as if they have been tampered with, and toss anything that looks suspicious.
- Make sure children eat a light meal or a healthy snack before they go out to help keep them from eating too much candy as they trick-or-treat.
- Check the ingredients on candy and treats carefully if your child has any food allergies. Don’t allow them to eat homemade treats.
- Want to be food-allergy friendly? Take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project by purchasing treats that are non-food items and placing a teal pumpkin or a teal pumpkin sign at your door. You can still hand out candy, just place your non-food treats in a separate bowl for children to choose. Learn more about it here.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating
- Only cross streets at intersections and corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks whenever available.
- Use caution when walking across driveways – don’t run. Slow down and look for cars coming in and out of driveways before crossing.
- Use sidewalks and pathways whenever possible and don’t forget to put down the phone to avoid distractions.
- Children under 12 years old should always trick-or-treat with adults. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups and stick to neighborhoods and areas they know well. No children should ever go inside someone’s home they do not know if invited in.
Tips for Costumes
- Do a patch test for all makeup items to ensure children aren’t allergic to it. Try to use makeup rather than masks to avoid obstructing your child’s vision.
- Try to choose costumes that include light colors. If a costume is darker in color, attach reflective and glowing materials or stickers to it make sure your child can be seen in the dark. Have them carry a flashlight or glow stick as well.
- Trim or hem costumes to make sure they aren’t too long and don’t cause children to trip and fall.
- Make sure all costumes are made of flame-resistant materials and children don’t walk too close to candles or luminaries that could cause them to catch fire.