Halloween Safety Tips from Genevieve

Halloween was (and still is!) one of my favorite nights of the year. I have so many fond memories of going from house to house on my quiet street decked out in face paint and various costumes from year to year, always bundled up and looking more like the Michelin Man that a vampire or a princess.

Thankfully here in the South, Halloween generally doesn’t require the layers upon layers of long-johns and jackets stuffed under costumes that October 31st in Maine did! But Trick-or-Treating safety still applies no matter where you live. Here are some tips and reminders to help ensure our families have a safe and happy Halloween!

DON’T WALK ALONE

  • Twice as many children are involved in pedestrian accidents on Halloween night than any other night of the year
    • Have younger children hold hands with adults
    • WALK! Don’t run from house to house
    • Always use sidewalks, cross at corners and cross walks, and wait for crossing signals
    • Carry a flashlight, wear glow sticks, or use reflective tape on costumes and candy bags
    • PUT DOWN ELECTRONICS! No need to chase Pokemon when there’s candy to be had!

MAKE A PLAN

  • Know the neighborhood, and stick to a route you’re familiar with
  • Only trick-or-treat at well-lit homes
  • If older children plan to trick-or-treat alone
    • IF you feel that your neighborhood is safe, make sure older children go in groups of friends and stick together
    • Never allow children to enter homes of strangers for candy
    • Never accept rides from strangers
    • Set a route and a curfew!

CHECK YOUR COSTUME

  • Make sure costumes and props don’t pose a tripping or poking hazard
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks, which can obscure a child’s vision
  • Test any makeup or face paint in small area before Halloween night to make sure children aren’t sensitive or allergic
  • Remove all makeup and face paint before bedtime!
  • Make sure costumes are flame resistant, and keep clear of Jack-o-Lanterns or other candles
  • Don’t use decorative contact lenses sold without a prescription!! These lenses change the appearance of the eyes without correcting vision. When sold “over the counter”, they can come with serious health problems, including eye infections and even blindness

CHECK CANDY!

  • Only eat candy that is in its original, sealed, factory wrapped packaging
  • Double check all wrappers are intact and haven’t been tampered with
  • Don’t eat sweets made by strangers (as tempting as a candy apple may be!)
  • When in doubt, THROW IT OUT! If you don’t recognize a type of candy or company name don’t take a chance

 
From all of us at Stepping Stone Pediatrics, have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

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