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Trick or treat! Halloween health and safety tips

Halloween can be a fun time, although without taking precautions we all may be in for a trick. Safe Kids USA reports that twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year. Taking just a few minutes to discuss safety with your children can provide a much safer and enjoyable Halloween experience for everyone.
 
It is important to discuss the proper safety tips before little ghosts and goblins begin to haunt the neighborhood. It is up to parents and other adults to talk with them before venturing out. Safe Kids reports that only one-third of parents talk with children annually about Halloween safety, while three in every four parents have safety concerns.
 
Even if you are not a parent, do your part by slowing down while driving and watching out for trick-or-treaters, especially around crosswalks and driveways. Residential areas will be especially busy during this time and children can behave in unpredictable ways. 
 

 
Going trick-or-treating? Follow these tips for a SAFE HALLOWEEN
 

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
 
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
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. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
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. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

 
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
  • Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!
Participate in these safe, community-sponsored Halloween events
Wednesday, October 24
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Little ghosts and goblins (ages 4-12) can enjoy Halloween themed games, activities, arts and crafts, and maybe a scare or two at this family carnival.
 
Saturday, October 27
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Join us for Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
 
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
 
Wednesday, October 31
Candy Crawl in Historic Downtown Concord, 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Trick-or-treat with the Downtown businesses. Games, Face painting, and more!
 
For more information on Halloween safety
Halloween Food Safety: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Halloween Safety Tips: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission