Halloween can bring fun-filled times for children who like to dress up in costume and enjoy everything from parties to going door to door for trick-or-treating. As the official countdown until All Hallows Eve has begun, parents may be thinking about how they can make sure that their kids enjoy the holiday, while all remaining safe and sound.
Check out these few tips from the CDC to help you score a perfect 10 this Halloween.
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, flexible, and definitely not real.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Have children walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Dark costumes can make kids almost invisible until it is too late.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. Mix in healthy treats as a part of the fun. In the excitement, the kids will never know.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street and always use crosswalks.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Do not eat homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses and never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Most of all, have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween!