Halloween is a favorite holiday for many kids and adults alike. It’s fun to get out of the daily grind, and trick-or-treating is a fun way to get active with your family. However, Halloween can quickly become hazardous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Use our quick tips to have a safe, fun Halloween.
- Wear costumes that fit! Make sure costumes are not too long to avoid tripping
- Plan for extra layers if it’s cold out (you never know in Iowa!)
- Stick reflective tape on costumes and bags to be visible to cars
- Skip decorative contacts to avoid serious eye injury (inflammation, scratches, infections, pain)
- Test makeup on a small area of skin to avoid a full-face rash if you’re allergic
- Secure accessories (swords, wings, crowns) properly, and avoid sharp edges or points
2. At Home
- Kennel your pets- don’t risk a frightened pet injuring a trick-or-treating child
- Clear any tripping hazards (dog tie-outs, garden hoses, loose stepping stones, etc.)
- Light walkways with fresh bulbs (avoid candles or open flames)
- Take over carving duty for young kids. They can use a marker to draw a face and you can cut it out for them
- Inspect treats for open wrappers, tampering, expired candy and choking hazards (small pieces, toys, hard candies, etc.).
- Pass on homemade treats: you can’t verify their ingredients or the cleanliness of the kitchen in which they were made
- Send older kids with a group or with a trusted adult, and set a family curfew/meeting place. Kids under age 12 should not trick-or-treat without an adult
- Feed the family a healthy meal prior to trick-or-treating to prevent excess munching
- Eat treats sparingly. Empty calories add up, and you may end up with a sick stomach
- Arrange a designated driver if you plan to drink. This one is self-explanatory!
- Avoid driving in a bulky or cumbersome costume, especially one that blocks your vision