• Tricks for a Safe Halloween

    Children's Health/Pediatrics

    October 30, 2018

    Costumes and treats make Halloween one of the year's most kid-friendly holidays. But it doesn't have to be a scary time for child safety. Here are some tips on keeping your little ones safe as they make the trick-or-treat rounds.

    Help your kids choose a fitting disguise. Look for costumes that include bright colors or reflective strips for higher visibility, stick to flame-resistant materials, and try face paint instead of masks—they can make it more difficult for your child to see. A costume that fits well can also help prevent trips and falls.

    Insist on safe navigation in the neighborhood. Remind your little trick-or-treaters to use crosswalks or signals when crossing the street and to pay attention to traffic. They should also stick to well-lit sidewalks or paths and bring along a flashlight.

    Don't let kids trick-or-treat alone. Smaller children should always be accompanied by an adult. If you have older kids who want to trick-or-treat on their own, plan a safe route in advance and make sure they stay with a group.

    Promote a healthier Halloween. Help your kids resist the urge to fill up on candy by feeding them a nutritious meal before they head out. And when they get home, check their Halloween stash for anything that looks out-of-date or suspicious.

    Make your home safe for other trick-or-treaters. It's a good idea to ensure that your home is welcoming to other children too. Keep your pets indoors and away from the front door, and remove any tripping hazards from your yard or porch.

    Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Safe Kids Worldwide

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