Halloween is upon us! Time for costumes, pumpkin carving, treats and, of course, trick-or-treating.
During these seasonal festivities, it is important to keep health and safety top of mind for your child. Here are some quick tips to help your family have the best Halloween this year.
Candy and treats
With all the extra treats, make sure your kids are still getting a balanced diet. Focus on providing meals with protein as well as fruits and veggies. These healthy foods will give your kids the nutrition and energy they need to celebrate Halloween. Drinking lots of water and getting good amounts of sleep are essential too, especially before trick-or-treating.
As for candy, be sure to examine pieces for choking hazards based on their age before your kids indulge. Also, while trick-or-treating, have your kids avoid homemade treats or any items that could have potentially been tampered with.
Costumes and decorations
It is important costumes are not only fun, but also safe. Avoid purchasing costumes or masks that obstruct your child’s vision in order to prevent falls. It is also a good idea to make sure costumes are flame-resistant. If your child’s costume requires makeup, test it out first on a small area of their skin. This can help prevent any large allergic reactions.
With jack-o’-lanterns and candles, keep them away from walkways as well as young children and animals. Never leave either of these items unattended.
Out and about
While trick-or-treating, it is important your kids never go alone. Also, make sure someone carries a flashlight to help prevent any trips or falls in the dark. Always walk on the sidewalk and, if possible, wear reflective tape to help drivers spot your group.
To help prevent the spread of germs, have everyone in your family wash their hands before heading out and as soon as everyone gets home.
Staying protected from COVID-19
There are many fun activities you can do with your family this year that will put you at low risk for contracting COVID-19.
- Carving pumpkins
- Decorating the outside of your home
- Cooking up yummy Halloween treats
- Enjoying a spooky movie night at home
At this time, it is still important to be careful around crowds and practice social distancing, when possible. Also, try to attend only outdoor gatherings.
These might include:
- Pumpkin patches and apple orchards
- Halloween events at outdoor venues, like parks and zoos
- Open-air events, like haunted forests rather than haunted houses
- Outdoor community movie nights
All adults and children over the age of 2 should wear face masks in public indoor settings. Even individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 should wear face masks indoors in communities with a high transmission rate.
Keep in mind that a mask that comes with your costume is not a good substitute for one that fits securely over your mouth and nose. Bring hand sanitizer along and use it often while out and about.
Getting vaccinated for the flu and COVID-19 is one of the best things you and your family can do to stay healthy this holiday season. What is even better is that it is safe to receive both your flu and COVID-19 shots at the same time.
And last but not least, if you or someone in your family has COVID-19, have been around someone who has been sick with COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms of illness, stay home. This is critical in preventing further spread of viruses in our communities.
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