Halloween is right around the corner, and it is a great way to spend time with your family, get physical activity, and teach your children about safety. Make it a learning experience so that everyone has a healthy and happy 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 plan to trick-or-treat after sunset, 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. Have groups of children use the buddy system and stay on sidewalks and crosswalks at all times. Don’t let children enter homes of strangers and be cautious when walking 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 – this is especially important if your child has a food allergy.

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. Use the tips below as a checklist before you head out to trick-or-treat so that Halloween is a success for 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!

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.