A Spooky and Safe Halloween – Tips

A Spooky and Safe Halloween – Tips

Have a Spooky and Safe Halloween:

Halloween Safety Tips

 

by Alexa Bigwarfe

bats with moonHalloween can be a really fun and enjoyable evening, however the harsh reality is this: on Halloween, children are two- four times more likely to be hit and killed by a car than any other day. That’s a scary fact.  There is potential for injury through Halloween activities.

Follow these tips to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

– Children under twelve should not be out alone. They should be supervised by an adult, and if at all possible, traveling in a group. Older children should plan a route with their parents and have an established return time.

– Walk on sidewalks or other paths and make sure to check before crossing any streets.

– Only visit homes with the porch light on.

– Ensure your children are carrying glow sticks or flashlights so that drivers can see them better.

A note to drivers: most children trick or treat between 5:30 and 9:30, so slow down and be vigilant if driving during those hours.

blackcatCostume Safety

– Select a costume that fits well. If their costume is too big, there’s a good chance they will trip and fall.

– Pick out flame resistant costumes and do not walk too closely to lit candles.

– Use reflective tape on their costumes and bags.

– Avoid masks that can obscure their vision.

– Test out make up first to make sure your child does not have a sensitivity.

– Don’t use over the counter decorative contact lenses.

jack-o-lanternPumpkin Carving Safety:

– Allow the kids to draw on the pumpkins, but never cut them. Young children should not handle knives.

– Make sure pumpkins with candles are placed far from anything that they may catch on fire.

– Keep matches or lighters stored safely out of reach.

– Candles in a votive is the safest route, but consider glow sticks rather than a lit flame.

Stranger Danger – Remind your children:

– Never accept rides from strangers.

– Do not enter a stranger’s house.

– Stay in familiar areas.

– Do not accept treats or candy that are not factory wrapped.

spiderwebFood Safety

– If you’re having a party or going to a party, don’t forget common food safety.

– Don’t leave food out that needs to be refrigerated.

– Feed your child a meal prior to parties to help them avoid over eating candy and other foods that may lead to stomach pains.

– Have an adult sort through all of the candy once the children are home and throw out any candies that are unwrapped.

– If hosting parties, provide some fun, yet healthy treats.

– Finally, ration that candy over the next thirty days.

 

Other great resources for Safety tips:

 

http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween

http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2011/10/18/healthy-halloween-snacks/

http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Halloween.shtml

http://www.safekids.org/halloween#sthash.hH1GRr5D.dpuf

http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

http://www.cdc.gov/family/Halloween

Four Fun and Healthy Halloween Snacks:

Halloween “Ghosts”

– strawberries dipped in white chocolate with ghost faces.

Deviled “Spider” eggs

– deviled eggs with plastic spider legs and eyes.

“Mummy” dog

– hot dog wrapped in Pillsbury dough (like a mummy) and cooked.

Veggie “Skeleton” plate

– place veggies on a big plate in a skeleton shape.

 

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Have a fantastic, spooky, and safe Halloween!

Alexa Bigwarfe is the mother of three little ghouls. They very much enjoy darting

into the street and eating too much candy on Halloween.

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