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!
For more advice; https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/