SAFE HALLOWEEN We love Halloween and so do the kids, but it’s a holiday that is full of tricks and treats, which often offers an safety warning. The CDC offers great tips on staying safe and healthy this Halloween. See their “SAFE HALLOWEEN” acronym below and have a safe and wonderful Halloween. Going trick-or-treating? S - Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. A - Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F - Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E - Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. H - Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house. A - Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. L - Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible. L - Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. O - Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. W - Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. E - Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. E - Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers. N - Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Have a wonderful and happy Halloween!
Candy! Candy! Candy! Kids love their candy on Halloween. With this fun holiday for children and adults alike, there are ample ways to keep them healthy and safe, while providing a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Below are a few tips to help you keep your trick-or-treaters or Halloween party guests safe while enjoying Halloween fun:
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
- Provide healthier treats 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 60 minutes 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. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.