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Halloween Safety Tips

By Amy Nash, MD
Halloween is just around the corner, so now is a great time to review some important tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to enjoy a safe Halloween. Click here for more on Halloween safety from the AAP.
All Dressed Up
Be sure that your child’s costume does not obstruct their vision or hearing, and that it is the correct length to prevent tripping or falling. It is also a good idea to attach reflective tape on the costume if your children are out after dark.
Pumpkin Fun
Never let a child use a knife to carve a pumpkin. Instead, let kids draw on the pumpkins with markers, and make sure adults handle all of the carving. Also be careful when placing candles inside a pumpkin; a flashlight is a great alternative!
On the Trick-or-Treat Trail
When visiting other homes, a parent or guardian should always accompany young children. Older kids should travel in groups, visit only homes they know, and make parents aware of their routes. Also designate a specific time to return home. Always use sidewalks and well-lit paths, and carry a flashlight.
Enjoy Treats with Caution
Encourage your children to eat a good meal before trick-or-treating, which may prevent them from filling up on treats. Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. Also be sure to read all labels for allergies and food sensitivities, and try to ration out treats so they will last after October 31.
Halloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays for both children and adults, and following these tips will help ensure that your holiday is fun and safe. Happy Halloween from Stapleton Pediatrics!
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