Friday, October 29, 2010 | 7:10 AM
Halloween is upon us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued safety tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests. Most are common sense, but reviewing the tips should put parents and party hosts in the right frame of mind. One key point, provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix, or pretzels. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. The American Association of Pediatrics advises, "A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats."
More information is available at [AAP] and [CDC].
|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 test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent 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 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 unless you know the cook well.|
|Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.|
|Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.|