Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help them have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Costumes tips:
    • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility.
    • Make sure costumes fit well and are short enough to prevent tripping and entanglement.
    • Avoid masks that can limit or block eyesight.
  • Pumpkin safety tips:
    • Small children should draw on pumpkins rather than carving them.
    • Consider using a glow stick or flashlight instead of a candle to light pumpkins and make your Halloween decorations safe!
  • Trick-or-Treating safety tips:
    • Bring a cell phone for quick communication.
    • Give each little trick-or-treater a glow stick or flashlight to carry.
    • Hold your child’s hand when walking from house to house.
    • Only go to homes with a porch light on and remain in well-lit areas.
    • Remind children not to eat candy until it has been inspected by an adult.
      • Check all candy for openings in the wrapper, allergens, and appropriateness for your child’s age.

 

As always, if you have questions about keeping your little one’s safe this Halloween consult your pediatrician. For more information, visit this helpful link:

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx