Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids, and with all the candy and costumes it’s easy to see why. To be sure kids have a happy Halloween we’ve pulled together safety tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Worldwide and the Food and Drug Administration.To be sure kids have a happy Halloween we’ve pulled together safety tips

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Costume safety

  • Plan costumes that are bright colored, also consider adding reflective tape to Trick-or-Treat bags.
  • Masks can make it difficult to see, instead consider using non-toxic make-up.
  • If a sword, stick or cane is part of a costume be sure that it is not too long and does not have a sharp edge.

Staying safe along the trick-or-treat trail

  • Both kids and the adults with them should have flashlights with new batteries.
  • Kids should only go to homes with a porch light on, and should never go inside a home or car to get a treat.
  • Always stay in groups and only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
  • Be sure to teach kids how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or get lost. At least one person in each group should have a cell phone with them.

Be sure and check the treats

  • Kids should not accept or eat anything that is not commercially wrapped.
  • To be sure that candy has not been tampered with, kids should wait to eat anything until they are home and an adult has sorted through their treats.
  • To help make sure you kids can resists snacking while trick-or-treating, give them dinner or a big snack before they head out.

Looking for more Halloween safety tips?

Visit these resources for additional information how to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

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