5 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Halloween

Oct 28, 2014

Halloween is a fun holiday for everyone. But sometimes, the excitement shifts the focus away from potential hazards. You should be aware of health and safety issues that may arise and should take the necessary precautions.

Here are some tips to make the most out of your evening and make it far from frightening:

Costumes cautions. Costumes, wigs, and beards must be made of flame-resistant materials. Choose bright colors as it can be clearly seen by motorists, otherwise add some reflective tape to increase visibility. Make sure that your child’s costume is not too baggy or oversized, and shoes are tied appropriately to avoid tripping. You can place a name tag with your contact details in their costume and keep a small flashlight in their pockets or treat bags.

Safety musts. Instruct your kids not to enter the house of a lone occupant or any stranger and remind them to stay on sidewalks. As much as possible, advise them to stay inside your neighborhood vicinity, approach well-lit houses only, travel in groups, and keep their phones handy so they contact you for any concerns. It is also a good idea to set a reasonable curfew.

Be sure to clear the path and remove objects that could cause your kids to trip or fall and keep pets away from the door as they might scare your little ghouls.

Decorations. While you’re carving the pumpkin, keep kids at a safe distance to avoid injuries from sharp objects. You can let them draw and design the pumpkin so they can have fond memories of the activity. Lighters, matches, and candles should be stored in a place where your kids can’t reach them.

Adult parties. If you’re throwing a scary-good party, don’t let drinking get out of hand. Take car keys away from anyone who may be driving. Offer to drive your guests home, especially those who may be too intoxicated.

Health concerns. You can make trick-or-treating an exercising event for your kids by setting a goal of how many houses they will walk to. Before your kids head out, make sure they eat healthy dinner so they won’t get tempted to dig into their loots. Inspect all edible treats to ensure they are sealed and remove anything that could be a potential choking hazard. Manage the amount of treats that they are going to eat. Moreover, you can set an example to your neighborhood and pass out healthy treats like pretzels and raisin.

We wish you all have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween!

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