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.
– 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.
– 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.
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.
– 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.
– 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?