Many of us think Halloween is only about spooky costumes and tons of candy, but it is important to take some steps to make sure that you and your family have a healthy and happy night. Halloween is a great way to spend time with your family, get physical activity, and teach your children about safety – make it a learning experience!

Before you go out on Halloween night, make sure your and your child’s costumes are safe and secure. Costume accessories like swords and knives should be made of a soft material with no sharp edges. If you will be walking around at night, attach reflective tape to your costumes and your bags or carry a flashlight, so that drivers will be able to see you in the dark. If you or your children are wearing masks, make sure they fit well to reduce the risk of blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Don’t let your child trick-or-treat alone – walk in groups with a trusted adult. Stay on the sidewalk and look both ways before crossing the street, using crosswalks when possible. Make sure you know where your child is at all times, and don’t let children enter homes of strangers. Never walk near lit candles. Tell your children not to accept treats that aren’t wrapped, and not to eat any candy before it’s been inspected at home.

Be sure to check all of your child’s treats for choking hazards and tampering before letting them eat any, and limit the amount of candy they eat to a piece or two each day. Once you get home after trick-or-treating, make sure to remove any face makeup before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation. By following some of these tips, you can make sure that Halloween is a great night for you and your family this year!

Help your kids stay SAFE this Halloween!

  • Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks to cross the street.
  • Avoid trick or treating alone and always stay with an adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape on costumes or use a flashlight at night.
  • Examine all candy before you eat!

Visit cdc.gov and search for “Healthy Halloween” to find out more.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.