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 mother to 3 wildlings who keep her on her toes. She is an advocate, activist, speaker, author & author coach, publisher, and podcaster. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old and she turned to writing for healing. Since then, she has used her writing platform for advocacy and activism to support mothers, children, and marginalized voices. She began a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, to provide support, care, healing retreats, and grief recovery to mothers in their most difficult time. She is the creator and co-host of the Lose the Cape podcast, which features moms working to make a difference in their children's lives and has co-authored and published four volumes under the Lose the Cape brand. Her primary business is Write|Publish|Sell, a company dedicated to shepherding authors through the massive process of writing and publishing their books like a pro. She owns her own publishing house, Kat Biggie Press, and a children's book publishing company, Purple Butterfly Press - both dedicated to bringing stories of hope, inspiration, encouragement, and girl-power to the world. Learn more at alexabigwarfe.com.

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