Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year and many children and adults alike will be out trick or treating and attending parties or haunted houses. Halloween is a time when people enjoy dressing up in costumes and eating delicious treats, but it also is a great time to shine a spotlight on safety. Below are some tips and tools to help maximize safety and ensure healthy fun on this spooky holiday.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. It is always best to walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Use reflective tape on costumes and bags in order to help drivers see you at night.
- Costume items such as knives and swords should be short, soft and flexible.
- Make sure to go through the treats to check them for tampering or choking hazards. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating handmade treats from strangers.
- Take a flashlight with you so you can see and others can see you. And remember to walk, not run in between houses.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and make sure to use crosswalks.
- Enter homes only with a trust adult and only visit well-lit homes. Do not stop at dark homes and never accept rides from strangers.
For those handing out candy or attending parties:
- Provide healthy treats or low calorie treats for trick-or-treaters.
- Leave your light on and your house well-lit for trick-or-treaters.
-Always remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive slowly and safely through neighborhoods.
- Make sure to have lots of fun!!!
Check out this video for Halloween tips: http://youtu.be/Ful7kykz4TU