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Safety Tips to Make Your Halloween Night a Treat

By Kristy Warren

 

Nothing captures the magic of fall quite like colorful costumes and trick-or-treating together on a crisp autumn night. With a few simple safety tips, you can assure the celebrations stay fun for everyone. From traffic safety to candy management, Laurel Health has you covered with an easy trick-or-treating checklist to keep you and your family safe during Halloween festivities!

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUME

  • Avoid wearing Halloween masks when walking. Decorative masks are a staple of the holiday but can impair vision, especially in the peripheral, and could cause you or your child to miss an oncoming car, uneven sidewalks, or curbs. Pull Halloween masks off or up to rest on top of your head when crossing the street and walking between houses.

  • Add reflective tape or glow stick jewelry. If trick-or-treating at dusk or after dark, add reflective tape or glow sticks to outfits, bags, or shoes to improve visibility for motorists.

  • Sample makeup first. Ghoulish makeup is part of the fun but can irritate the skin. Try a sample on a small area of skin to gauge your skin’s sensitivity and take care to fully remove it when the festivities are done with a gentle makeup remover, cleanser, or baby oil followed by soap and water.

  • Take care with accessories. Pirates, cowboys, fairies, and ninjas are Halloween costume favorites, but take care to keep accessories manageable. Items like toy swords, wings, and wands should be appropriately sized, soft, flexible, and easily stored to avoid injuries, tripping, or jostling other trick-or-treaters.
Brightly costumed trick-or-treater holding a painted pumpkin in their hands

TRICK-OR-TREATING SAFELY

 

Before setting out for a night of Halloween fun, have a plan in place. Pre-plan your routes, remind your children about “Stranger Danger” rules, follow sidewalks whenever possible, and encourage children to have a full, healthy meal before trick-or-treating to curb impulsive candy snacking. 

 

Worried about your kids getting scared or into trouble trick-or-treating? Attend a trunk-or-treat or community event where you know the participants and treats will be safe for kids. From pumpkin painting and corn mazes to treasure hunts and bobbing for apples, there are lots of not-so-spooky options for Halloween fun!

  • Trick-or-treat in groups and bring a flashlight to improve visibility.

  • Always look both directions before crossing a street or alley and aim to cross at well-lit intersections with crosswalks or traffic guards.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible older adult.
Young boy dressed in a smock painting a pumpkin at a Halloween fall festival party
  • Trick-or-treat at houses you know. Do not accept homemade treats from strangers.

  • Walk from house to house; don’t run across the street or ahead of your group.

  • Refuel with water and healthy snacks like raisins to keep crankiness at bay.

  • Set a time limit for the festivities. Halloween fun can turn sour if kids are out too late past their bedtime or become overstimulated. Whether it's a party or trick-or-treating, having a plan for how long your family will participate helps keep kids to a routine.

 

CANDY SAFETY AND AVOIDING THE SUGAR RUSH:

Halloween trick-or-treaters with pumpkin pails - Little boy dressed as a mummy playfully posing with little girl dressed as a vampire
  • Teach kids not to eat any treats until they have been safely inspected by a trusted adult. 

  • Throw out any candy that appears to have been tampered with or is expired.

  • Keep the hyperactive sugar rush and subsequent crash away by moderating candy consumption.

  • Store the candy in a safe place to help spread out enjoyment and avoid tummy aches. Set a limit for how many pieces your kids can have each night.

  • If your child has allergies or food sensitivities, don't accept handmade goods and carefully inspect all treats for where they were processed. If your child's allergies take most treats off the table, have your own stash of allergy-free treats available for them.  

 

At Laurel Health, wellness is a treat. To find a pediatric provider that's the perfect fit for your family, visit our provider directory or our Laurel Pediatrics services page.

 

For more seasonal safety tips, stay tuned to our health and wellness blog or visit Laurel Health's Facebook page.

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