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Have a Spooky and Safe Halloween: Halloween Safety Tips

by Alexa Bigwarfe

reality is this: on Halloween, children are two- 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 ac- tivities.

H Follow these tips to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating Safety - 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, so slow down and be vigilant if driving during those hours.

Costume Safety - Select a costume that fits well. If their 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 their costumes and bags. Four Fun and Healthy Halloween

Snacks: 1. Halloween "Ghosts" - strawberries dipped in white chocolate with ghost faces. 2. Deviled "Spider" eggs - dev- iled eggs with plastic spider legs and eyes. 3. "Mummy" dog - hot dog wrapped in Pillsbury dough (like a mummy) and cooked. 4. Veggie "Skeleton" plate - place veggies on a big plate in a skeleton shape.

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- Avoid masks that can obscure their vision. - Test out make up first to make sure 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 cut them. Young children should not handle knives. - Make sure pumpkins with candles are placed far from anything that they may catch on fire.

- Keep matches or lighters stored safely out of reach. - Candles in a votive is the safest route, but consider glow sticks rather than a lit flame.

Stranger Danger - Remind your children: - 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.

Food Safety - If you’re having a party or going to a party, 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. - If hosting parties, provide some fun, yet healthy treats. - Finally, ration that candy over the next thirty days.

Have a fantastic, spooky, and safe Halloween! 

Alexa Bigwarfe is the mother of three little ghouls. They very much enjoy darting into the street and eating too much candy on Halloween.

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