Halloween is upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is safe to go trick-or-treating this year as long as you take precautions to protect against COVID-19 like wearing a mask, traveling in small groups, and avoiding indoor gatherings. That’s great news, but Halloween can also bring a host of other dangers. It’s important to take steps to prevent accidents while out trick-or-treating.
Here are five things you can do to make Halloween night as safe as possible.
Avoid costume mishaps – Wear a well-fitting costume. A child may trip and fall going up and downstairs if their costume is too big. Costume masks can make it hard to see where you’re going and difficult to see cars. Face paint is generally a safer option but be sure to follow all the directions. Some face paints should not be used near the eyes. If you have never used the paint before, test a small amount on your arm for a few days to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.
Make yourself visible – Make it easy for drivers to see you on Halloween night. Carry a flashlight and/or glow sticks, add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags, and wear light or bright colors. Walk on lit sidewalks whenever possible and remind children to cross the street at corners or crosswalks. Never dart into the street from behind parked cars.
Stay with children – Parents should accompany children under 12 while trick or treating. Hold your small child’s hand and go right up to the door with them. Stairs and walkways can be difficult for young children to navigate, especially at night. If your child is mature enough to trick or treat on their own, make sure they are going in a familiar, well-lit neighborhood and with a small group of friends.
Inspect candy – Don’t let your child eat any candy until you get home and look it over. Check candy wrappers for signs of tampering, such as pinholes and tears. Throw away anything that looks suspicious. Never eat any candy or treats that are homemade or unwrapped. Check labels carefully if your child has a food allergy. Throw away any candy that may pose a choking hazard.
Wash your hands – Kids should wash their hands before eating candy in case they pick up any germs while trick or treating.
Even when you take all the necessary precautions, accidents can still occur. If you or your child suffers a non-life-threatening injury, such as a broken bone, sprain, or splinter, visit one a ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care center near you. We’re open seven days a week for children and adults with no appointment necessary.