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Healthy Halloween habits

Written by Courteney

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Halloween is supposed to be full of scary fun and games, but it can get real-life scary pretty quickly if your child has an allergic reaction, eats treats that have been tampered with or has an unfortunate accident when it gets dark out, so there are a few tips that could help your whole family enjoy the fun of Halloween without the hazards!

Spoooooooky Safety Tips

  1. Really impress upon your little one the importance of not eating anything until mom or dad takes a look. Smaller kids are more likely to chow down on something without realizing it contains a serious allergen, or a young person may take a bite of a homemade item that could potentially have been tampered with. The best rule of thumb is “no treats until they are approved!”
  2. Be sure to ensure everyone is wearing reflective stickers or clothing so they will be seen by drivers in the dark.
  3. Ensure costumes do not inhibit eyesight, such as masks or hats that can slip to cover the eyes. It is also a good idea to make sure the child can move freely without risk of tripping over their costume.
  4. Avoid buying your child costumes that have sharp objects like swords that your child can fall on, or those that are flammable. Flame-resistant wigs and costumes are the way to go.
  5. Think about using battery operated candles in your jack-o-lanterns so a passerby can’t bump into it and start a fire.
  6. While colored contact lenses may look cool, they can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, so it is important to run any decorative contact lenses by an optometrist before using them just for a costume.
  7. Ensure all children 12 and under are accompanied by an adult.

Tips for Teens

Children old enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision should be sure to follow these rules:

  • Plan the route with their parents before going out and stick to it
  • Have a group of at least 3 and stick together the whole evening
  • Stick to usual trick-or-treating hours of 5-9:30 so as not to run into late-night dangers
  • Have a cell phone on you for emergencies
  • Put your phone in your pocket and look where you are walking!
  • Carry a small flashlight on you
  • Scan your surroundings continuously for suspicious followers or cars that may not see you
  • Do not enter any homes or vehicles to get Halloween candy

Well, that concludes our Halloween safety tips, we here at DocChat hope your family has lots of spooktacular holiday fun!





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