Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Check out these tips to help make sure trick-or-treaters have a safe Halloween.
- S – Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible to avoid injury.
- A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- E – Examine all treats for choking hazards or signs of tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat – try spacing them out over the coming weeks.
- H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Walk and don’t run from house to house.
- A – Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove makeup before bedtime to prevent possible skin or eye irritation.
- L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
- L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- E – Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistance costumes.
If you plan to host a party, follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
- Keep candle-lit Jack O’ Lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
More Halloween safety tips can be found online from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; the American Academy of Pediatrics; or the National Safety Council.