Halloween Safety Tips :: Have a Spooky and Safe Halloween

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Halloween Safety tips

Hard to believe it’s already Halloween! An interesting fact about the holiday: the top six pumpkin-producing states are Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, in 2011, those six states harvested $113 million dollars’ worth of pumpkins. Wow.

Halloween can be a really fun and enjoyable evening, but not all Halloween facts are fun. The harsh reality is this: on Halloween, children are two-to-four times more likely to be hit and killed by a car than any other day. That’s a scary fact. (Pun not intentional.) There is potential for injury through Halloween activities.

Follow these tips to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

– Children under twelve should not be out alone. They should be supervised by an adult, and if at all possible, traveling in a group. Older children should plan a route with their parents and have an established return time.

– Walk on sidewalks or other paths and make sure to check before crossing any streets.

– Only visit homes with the porch light on.

– Ensure your children are carrying glow sticks or flashlights so that drivers can see them better.

A note to drivers: most children trick or treat between 5:30 and 9:30 pm., so slow down and be vigilant if driving during those hours.

Costume Safety

– Select a costume that fits well. If your child’s costume is too big, there’s a good chance they will trip and fall.

– Pick out flame resistant costumes and do not walk too closely to lit candles.

– Use reflective tape on costumes and bags.

– Avoid masks that can obscure vision.

– Test out make-up first to ensure your child does not have a sensitivity.

– Don’t use over-the-counter decorative contact lenses.

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Make sure costumes fit well and can be easily seen by drivers.

Pumpkin Carving Safety:

Allow the kids to draw on the pumpkins, but never let them to carve. Young children should not handle knives.

– Make sure pumpkins with candles are placed far from anything that could catch on fire.

– Keep matches or lighters stored safely out of reach.

– Candles in a votive are the safest route, but consider glow sticks rather than a lit flame.

Stranger Safety:

– Never accept rides from strangers.

– Do not enter a stranger’s house.

– Stay in familiar areas.

– Do not accept treats or candy that are not factory wrapped.

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Adults should sort though candy for safety, ensuring it is still factory wrapped.

Food Safety

– If you’re going to parties, don’t forget common food safety. Don’t leave food out that needs to be refrigerated.

– Feed your child a meal prior to parties to help them avoid over eating candy and other foods that may lead to stomach pains.

– Have an adult sort through all of the candy once the children are home and throw out any candies that are unwrapped.

– Finally, ration the candy over the next thirty days to avoid overindulgence.

Have a fantastic, spooky, and safe Halloween! Do you have any additional tips to add?

 

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Alexa Bigwarfe is a freelance writer and author. Alexa co-authored the book "Lose the Cape: Realities from Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive" (losethecape.com) published in Spring 2015. Her #losethecape philosophy as a mom is based on the idea that we are all doing the best that we can as moms, and should be encouraged in motherhood. She also edited and published a book for grieving mothers entitled "Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother" and has been published in several anthologies, including "The Mother of All Meltdowns," and "The HerStories Project," and "Mothering Through the Darkness." She launched her writing with the the blog No Holding Back, (http://katbiggie.com) as an outlet for her grief after the loss of one of her twin daughters to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). She can be followed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/NoHoldingBack1212) and Twitter (@katbiggie).

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