Monday Memo — Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

Halloween or Fall Festival fun can put children at risk. HHS offers parents tips to help keep Halloween safe and fun. Feel free to print these off and pass them along to other parents:

Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun
  • Beware of sugar overload. Don’t trick-or-treat on an empty stomach. Make sure your children have a light meal or healthy snack before heading out.
  • Keep an eye out for candy tampering. Always check kids’ candy before letting them eat it. Discard anything that looks discolored or odd, has pinholes or torn wrappers.
  • Avoid allergy triggers. Teach kids with allergies to search for allergens on the ingredients list of any treats they receive. They should never eat home-baked goods.
  • Remove choking hazards. Very young children should not be allowed to have treats that could cause choking, such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • Guard against foodborne illnesses. If apples or raw fruit are on your party menu, wash them thoroughly under running water and scrub with a produce brush before serving. Remember that unpasteurized juice or cider as well as raw cookie dough or batter can contain harmful bacteria. Chill all perishable foods until serving time and don’t leave them out at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Put a new spin on bobbing for apples. It’s a Halloween party tradition, but it can expose kids to harmful bacteria. Consider alternatives such as cutting apples out of construction paper, writing fun activities on them and putting a paperclip on each one. Kids can “fish” for an apple with a magnet tied to a string.

Going trick-or-treating?

alphabet letter s      Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

alphabet letter a     Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

alphabet letter f     Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

alphabet letter e    Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

alphabet letter 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.

alphabet letter a     Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

alphabet letter l     Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

alphabet letter l     Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

alphabet letter o     Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

alphabet letter w     Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

alphabet letter e     Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

alphabet letter e     Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

alphabet letter n     Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

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.

For more information on Halloween safety

  • Halloween Food Safety Tips
    Help your children have a safe Halloween, from the food they eat to the parties they attend, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Halloween Safety Tips
    Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more Halloween safety tips.

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