4 Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween
Costumes, candy, decorations and trick-or-treating - there is a lot to plan for when it's Halloween season! Do you have a plan to stay safe? Lynn Klett, MSN, RN, CPNP, shares 4 tips that will help keep your family healthy for a happy Halloween!
1. Costumes: See and Be Seen.
Safety, visibility and fit are 3 important factors to consider when it comes to Halloween costumes. As the sun sets and lights go out, it's important to make sure you and your kids are visible in the dark - wear glow sticks or carry a flashlight to boost visibility. You also want to make sure that your costume doesn't block vision. If your costume involves a mask, make sure that it's easy to see out of and that children wearing masks are supervised.
2. Candy: When in Doubt, Throw It Out.
While it's tempting to grab a piece of candy out of your bag while trick-or-treating, wait until you're back at home before eating. Have your kids empty all of their candy out on a table or blanket, then examine it carefully. If anything that looks like it has been opened, throw it out. This protects your family from foods that might have been tampered with. Also be mindful of food allergies and check wrapper ingredients for allergens that might harm you or your child.
3. Safety: Trick-or-Treating Is for the Whole Family.
It's important for parents to tag along with their little trick-or-treaters - with all the excitement, it's easy for kids to forget about safety rules. Parents and caregivers can help protect their children from traffic and other potential dangers by paying attention to their surroundings.
For kids old enough to go trick or treating on their own, parents and caregivers should reinforce the rules of safety: be aware of surroundings; stay out of the street; stay visible and bring along a buddy.
4. Switch Witch: Swap Sugary Candy for Fun Toys and Other Treats.
Keep Halloween fun while reducing the amount of candy your kids eat by having a visit from the "Switch Witch"! The "Switch Witch" exchanges some of your kids' candy for another item they would enjoy, like a toy or book. While kids are sleeping, parents and caregivers can quietly swap out some of the candy for these other fun treats, and kids can look forward to waking up to a fun surprise from the "Switch Witch" in the morning!
About the Author
Lynn Klett, MSN, RN, CPNP, is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Piedmont Pediatrics.