Halloween can be a fun time, but it is essential to follow a few simple rules to keep your little ghosts safe.
1. Carefully check candy
Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry and fill up on candy. Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed in a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from people you don’t know. And make sure your child knows not to eat any candy before you check it at home.
2. Costume Safety
Avoid costumes that drag on the ground, so kids don’t trip, and remember to pick costumes that are bathroom friendly! Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider using non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day. When shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories, look for a label indicating flame-resistant.\
3. Trick or Treating
A responsible adult should always accompany young children when trick-or-treating. Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and only go to homes where a porch light is on. Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk if possible. Finally, carry a cell phone for quick communication.
And remember, if you are driving to take particular care. When driving through neighborhoods, take it much slower than usual. Watch for children who may dart between cars and into the road without looking.
Following these few simple tips will ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween.
Nathan Murray, PA-C
Marlow Family Care