While not a National Holiday, Halloween is still beloved by both children and adults alike. It may have something to do with the endless amount of ghoulish treats or the fun trickery; either way, here are helpful safety tips to be mindful of this Trick or Treating season.
Halloween Safety Tips 101:
- As cute as your little bumblebee may bee (see what we did there), always ensure costumes are well-fitted, reflective and bright to avoid possible entanglement or tripping, as well as alert drivers of your presence. Comfortable shoes are a must, and so is anti-inflammatory costume options.
- Consider non-toxic makeup instead of masks this year, as mask can obstruct the wearer’s view leading to a potentially dangerous situation. Always test makeup on a small patch of skin beforehand to avoid a bad reaction.
- When purchasing costumes, wigs or makeup accessories, purchase only flame resistant material.
- Avoid decorative eye lenses unless provided and prescribed by an eye care professional. While most colored lenses will claim “one-size fits all” and that it is entirely safe, you are risking possible pain, inflammation and serious eye disorders and infections.
TRICK OR TREATING
- Does your child know how to dial 9-1-1 in the appropriate situation? Take time to review 9-1-1 emergencies with children if they ever have a situation where they become lost, abducted or in a frightening situation.
- Have an adult or parent accompany young Trick or Treaters; using the buddy system never hurt!
- Have an emergency kit on hand. A small first aid kit with bandages, alcohol wipes and an antibiotic ointment can save the day for a young child. Also take a cellphone with you to easily communicate with your group and other’s can reach you.
- Always use walkways and avoid crosswalking. While most drivers may stop, some individuals are unable to see you or react in time if you cross in a non-designated crossing area.
- Prepare a light dinner for children before heading out for the night. Children will be less likely to binge on their candy while their out which will also allow you to check the candy before your children consume it.
- Check the candy! It’s not common for strangers to poison candy or intentionally cause harm to a child, but it DOES happen, so always check a child’s candy first. Children should not consume homemade candy made by strangers, or store -bought candy that is opened.
- Once children are safely home with their well-earned candy loot, do your best to stretch the candy out over the next couple weeks.For obvious reasons, too much candy is not good for developing children.
Halloween is a great time to enjoy our creative minds and have fun with our family and friends. Safety is important but so is having FUN!
Do you have safety tips that are tested and true for Halloween? Don’t hold out! Share in the comments below.