Trick or Treat: Halloween Safety Tips

October 31, 2016

Michael Jordan, MD
Rochester Regional Health

Happy Halloween! It seems as if the Halloween candy was on store shelves before Labor Day!

As your kids get ready to go trick-or-treating tonight, here are some tips to keep them safe – the highest risk is not bad candy but rather pedestrian crossing accidents:

  • Make sure their costume can be seen in the dark, use glow sticks as costume accents.
  • If they are wearing a mask, wig, or other head/face decoration, there should be no blockage of the eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Check for proper fitting of costumes, but not be too loose or too tight- especially around the feet, to avoid any falls.
  • Give your kid a flashlight to carry for darker driveways and sidewalks.
  • Children less than 6th grade should be supervised by parents or an adult; older treaters should use a buddy system for the evening.
  • When your kids return home, check their candy to make sure that all candy is sealed-avoid homemade treats.
  • If your child has any allergies such as peanut allergy, check candy closely for even traces of peanut or tree nuts commonly found in chocolate bars.
  • Allow for safe trick or treating at your house by keeping your driveway, sidewalks, and doorway well lit.
  • Only visit well lit houses and only enter a home of those you know and when accompanied with an adult.
  • Remove any props from walkways to avoid children from tripping or falling.
  • Limit candy intake post trick or treat.
  • Avoid the clown theme this year for obvious reasons.

I hope you and your children have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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