Oct 27, 2023, 05:52 PM IST
Halloween is a fun and festive time of the year. But it's also important to prioritise health and safety, especially when it comes to children and families participating in the celebrations. Here are seven Halloween health and safety tips to keep in mind!
Choose costumes that are comfortable and fit well to prevent tripping or discomfort. Make sure costumes are flame-resistant, and opt for bright colours or add reflective tape for better visibility at night.
When trick-or-treating, always use the buddy system, and never go alone. Stick to well-lit areas and cross streets at designated crosswalks. Carry a flashlight or wear glow sticks to increase visibility.
Examine all treats for potential choking hazards or tampering before allowing children to eat them. It's a good idea to set a rule of not eating any candy until it's been checked by an adult.
If your child has food allergies, be extra cautious about checking labels on Halloween candy. Consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, offering non-food treats for kids with allergies.
Keep pets away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. The constant doorbell ringing and strange costumes can cause stress for animals. Ensure that your pets have proper identification in case they escape in the commotion.
When carving pumpkins, supervise children closely and consider using pumpkin decorating kits with safer alternatives to knives. Be cautious when using open flames, and never leave a lit pumpkin unattended.
Check local health guidelines for COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions. Encourage the use of face masks that are part of the costume and promote social distancing while trick-or-treating.