Halloween is a fun time for kids: trick-or-treating, parties, dressing up, and of course all that candy! Keep Halloween safe and healthy with these simple tips.
1. Make sure costumes are comfortable and fit correctly. Consider adding reflective tape if the costume isn’t bright or reflective.
2. Avoid masks or head gear that limit your child’s vision.
3. Avoid excessive use of makeup and face paint, many of which have been shown to contain heavy metals and other toxins.
4. Avoid open flames when decorating. Use battery operated candles instead.
5. Do not use decorative contact lenses without a proper eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.
6. Remain on well-lit streets, carry a flashlight, and always use the sidewalks.
7. Have a parent or responsible adult accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
8. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
9. A good meal prior to trick-or treating will discourage children from filling up on Halloween treats.
10. Sort and check treats after gathering to remove any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
11. Too much candy? Certain organizations send care packages to troops or accept candy donations.
12. Did you know you can recycle your pumpkins? You can create compost, donate them to a zoo and even eat them! Read more here.
13. Recycle candy wrappers through the “Trick or Trash” program.
14. And yes, you can even recycle costumes: organize a school or neighborhood costume swap.
15. In addition to candy, consider offering non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters, including children with food allergies. Learn more.