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Staying Healthy and Safe While Celebrating Halloween

Oct 24 2022

Halloween is a time for fun costumes, haunted hayrides, pumpkin carvings and of course trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

While this holiday offers tons of opportunities to participate in fun fall festivities, it can also be important to keep the health and safety of your family at the top of the mind.  

“Taking a few extra moments to recognize and address potential hazards can prevent injuries and ensure the best Halloween possible,” Amanda Lencyk, a trauma injury prevention and outreach coordinator in our Youngstown market, shares.

Read on to learn Amanda’s tips.

Trick-or-treating safety

Children are twice as more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day or the year, according to the National Safety Council. This is all the more reason to practice safe habits as a pedestrian when prowling around on Halloween night.

First, make sure to stick to well-lit paths, like sidewalks, when traveling from house to house. Always have an adult accompany children 11 or under when trick-or-treating. For older kids able to go on their own, having a curfew, an agreed route to go on and staying with a group can allow for a safe and fun night with friends.

As always, remind your kids to never go into a stranger’s home or car.

“One of the most important things that you can do to make trick-or-treating safer for you and your child is to increase visibility,” Amanda adds. “Attaching reflective tape to their costume, carrying a flashlight or wearing a glowstick are simple solutions to significantly reduce risks.”  

Whether it’s to let cars know your kid is there, add to the costume’s look or help the kids find their parents if they wander off too far, glowsticks can help light up the night while keeping your family safe.

For those wearing costumes, making sure that costumes aren’t too long can help your kids avoid falls. Also, opt to wear hats or makeup instead of masks as they can cause obscured vision.

For kids wearing costumes with makeup, testing out what to wear before Halloween can ensure that your kid does not have an allergic reaction to the makeup being applied. Also make sure to remove any makeup applied at the end of the night to avoid skin or eye irritation.

Halloween decoration safety

Costumes are not the only thing that can cause issues on Halloween night. Halloween decorations can also cause safety hazards for families and kids.

When lighting your jack-o’-lanterns, make sure to avoid using candles to light up the night and opt for LED candles to keep your family safe. If using candles, avoid placing cornstalks and dried flowers next to open flames since they are highly combustible.

For trick-or-treaters coming through on Halloween, make sure all decorations are placed in a way that minimizes tripping hazards, such as moving extension cords away from walkways, making sure walkways are clearly lit and making sure fog or inflatable decorations are secure.

Candy and treat safety

For safe treating this Halloween, make sure your kids with food allergies wait until getting back home to eat their candy so you can inspect any foods or baked goods for any potential allergy threats. For younger children going trick-or-treating, be sure to remove choking hazards, such as small toys, hard candies or gum, from their haul. Additionally, when your kids get home, making sure all candies and treats are wrapped and sealed is another great way to ensure nothing has been tampered with and nothing is spoiled.

While everyone loves a good scare, your family’s safety should not be tricky when following these Halloween safety tips!  

Also, learn about the health care services we offer at Mercy Health.

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