Halloween Trick or Treat: 6 Tips to Keep You Safe and Healthy

Halloween trick or treating is an activity that many children look forward to each year. But before your little superheroes and creepy skeletons run out the door, there are a few things to consider.

Plan ahead with our tips to help make this Halloween a safe and healthy adventure for everyone.

Safe and healthy trick or treat

1. Are children highly visible?

Reduce the risk of accidents by following some practical safety tips.

  • Have kids carry flashlights or use glow sticks, reflective tape, or stickers on their costumes and bags.
  • Keep costumes bright with light colors instead of dark colors.
  • Remind children to cross the street at corners and crosswalks

2. Are the costumes safe?

Dressing up is part of the fun, but consider costume safety before the big day.

  • Look for flame resistant costumes, fabrics, wigs and accessories.
  • Make sure the size of the costume is correct to avoid tripping. If a mask is involved, try it on to make sure your vision isn’t limited.
  • Try makeup ahead of time and opt for non-toxic makeup. Face paint can trigger allergies and cause skin irritation or injury. Consult the FDA approved list of color additives to see if the vibrant makeup colors you want to wear are safe
  • Avoid decorative or colored contact lenses unless purchased and prescribed by a qualified eye care professional

3. Who will supervise?

There is safety in numbers, and that includes proper supervision.

  • Choose a responsible adult(s) to accompany children on neighborhood rounds
  • Supervise children under 12 while trick-or-treating
  • Consider trick-or-treating with another family
  • Adhere to trick-or-treating hours set by your city

4. How do I make sure Halloween treats are safe?

Halloween isn’t much of a treat without treats, but taking precautions will keep the fear at bay.

  • Inspect all candy before allowing your children to nibble on it. Eliminate any choking hazards and look for signs of tampering, such as an odd appearance, holes, or tears. Discard anything suspicious
  • Accept only wrapped candy and open it safely. Wash your hands after opening and before eating candy (assume others had dirty hands)
  • Learn what “rainbow fentanyl” looks like. This highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl is made to look like candy for children and young people. the DEA seizes brightly colored pills in multiple forms, including pills, powders, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk
  • Enjoy the Teal Pumpkin Project to signal to your neighborhood that you are offering non-food trinkets and allergy-safe treats for children with food allergies

5. Did I discuss security awareness?

Teach (and remind) your children to stay away from danger before venturing out.

  • Do not approach strange animals and pets on the way. If you don’t know them, avoid them
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or car
  • Watch for cars turning or backing up. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing
  • Stay in familiar, well-lit areas and stick together
  • Do not eat sweets before returning home
  • Stay alert, keep devices in your pocket and be aware of your surroundings
  • If older children go out alone, agree on an acceptable route and a specific time to be home.

6. What health precautions should I take?

Halloween tends to be a social holiday and concerns about the spread of germs have always been a consideration. Take precautions for the health of those who give and those who receive.

  • Don’t open the door to trick-or-treating if you’re not feeling well. Turn off the lights and practice social distancing
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well and plan to have another adult accompany your children
  • Unless you’re in a High-risk COVID-19 area, you do not need to wear a mask unless that is your preference. Practice common sense safety to keep yourself and others safe
  • Instead of letting kids reach for a candy bowl, use a spoon to spread out treats
  • Consider a candy slide or to-go bags
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before you go out and after you get home

If you’re not sure about hanging around the neighborhood this year, throw a house party with your family. Decorate, have movie night, carve pumpkins, decorate cupcakes, or host a scavenger hunt at home. Any holiday is what you make of it, so whether it’s inside or outside, make it safe and healthy.

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