Healthy Tips and Tricks- October 2014

 


Trick-or-Treat Tips to make Halloween a
“Frightfully Good Time”

Fall has arrived, and with that comes cooler temperatures and of course, Halloween.  We grew up with fond memories of fun-filled neighborhood “Trick-or-Treating.” Halloween can and should be an enjoyable experience for children and parents.  To ensure that our children also have wonderful Halloween memories, we offer these basic safety tips:

  • Think SAFETY first. Plan your child’s Trick-or-Treating route ahead of time. Trick-or- Treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Costumes should be flame-retardant and short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Avoid any costume accessory (ie: mask, hood, etc.) that can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Children or the adult should carry a flashlight; costumes and bags should have reflective tape or stickers.
  • Shoes should be comfortable and fit properly.
  • Children should only carry flexible props, such as knives, wands, swords, ninja items, etc., that won’t cause injury if a child accidentally falls.
  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with adults.
  • Children over the age of 12 who are trick-or-treating should carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  • Remind children to stay on the sidewalk and not cut across yards.  Lawn ornaments and landscaping may have hidden hazards that do not show up in the dark.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes with lights illuminated.
  • Unsupervised children should never enter a home or apartment.
  • Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.  Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Children should walk, not run while trick-or-treating.
  • Drivers need to be mindful that little ones can dart quickly into the street.
  • Remind the children to not eat any candy until the parents have inspected to ensure it is safe:  hasn’t been tampered with or contain products that can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Throw away any suspicious food, candy or small items that present a choking hazard.

Trick-or-Treating should and can be one of the great adventures of Halloween for children!  By following the above safety rules, Halloween will be an evening full of laughter and fun memories to last a life time.