• Stay safe for tricks and treats this Halloween

    Nicole Lowe | October 16, 2023

    Stay safe for tricks and treats this Halloween

    Costumes, treats and scares are in store for Halloween this year, but here are a few simple tips to keep young ones safe during the festivities.

    • Wear costumes and footwear that fit properly to reduce tripping and the risk of injury.
    • Dress for the weather. Wear layers and appropriate clothing, such as boots and jackets, to keep your child warm and dry in all weather conditions.
    • Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to keep your child visible in the dark.
    • Choose flame-resistant costumes, beards and wigs.
    • Choose face paint or makeup instead of a mask that can interfere with vision.
    • Children wearing a mask or a head piece must ensure they can see clearly from the front and both sides, and that it doesn’t interfere with breathing.
    • Never allow your child to carry a sharp or dangerous costume prop, such as a knife or sword.

    • Children should trick-or-treat in groups and should never trick-or-treat alone.
    • Accompany your child until you feel comfortable they are old enough to go without adult supervision. Know where your children are trick-or-treating if they are old enough to go unaccompanied.
    • Remind children to adhere to the same safe road rules when trick-or-treating as they do any other night. Remember these road safety tips:
    o Always walk on the sidewalk.
    o Only cross the street at crosswalks or street corners.
    o Look left and right for oncoming traffic.
    o Make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street.
    • Teach your child to trick-or-treat in well-lit areas, and to only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on.
    • When giving out treats, remember to leave your porch light on.
    • Pack a flashlight in your child’s trick-or-treat bag.
    • Remind your child never to go inside a stranger’s home or car.
    • Check all the goodies before your child digs into their treat bag.
    • Check ingredient lists on labels to avoid allergens.
    • Throw out all candy that has a loose, broken or open wrapper.
    • Throw out homemade candy or baked goods made by people you don't know.
    • Wash all fruit and cut it into pieces to check before eating.

    Limit sugar
    • Chocolate and candy are high in sugar. The more times a day children eat it, the greater the risk of tooth decay.
    • When eating chocolate or candy, do so after mealtime. The extra saliva produced at mealtimes helps provide some protection to teeth.
    • Brush and floss with extra care and attention after eating chocolate or candy.

    Pumpkin carving
    • Make sure an adult oversees all pumpkin carving activities. Never leave your child unsupervised.
    • Have an adult light any candles used inside of pumpkins or use battery-operated lights instead. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
    • Don’t allow children to play near pumpkins with candles burning.
    • Keep lit pumpkins out of the way of trick-or-treaters and fire hazards, such as bushes or trees.
    • Supervise pumpkins when lit, and make sure to put out any candles before turning in for the night.

    Around the neighborhood
    • If you must drive Halloween night, drive slowly, especially in residential areas. Be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters.
    • Remove hazards in your yard, such as hoses and yard tools, and make sure you have a clear, well-lit walkway for trick-or-treaters.

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