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Halloween Party and Trick-Or-Treater Tips

Halloween Party:Costumes Halloween is just around the corner.  Through the mad dash to get costumes, attend Halloween parties, get all the treats for trick-or-treaters and get ready for your own Halloween festivities, this holiday can seem stressful.  There are a few things that you can do to make sure that your Halloween party and the trick-or-treaters that come to your house have a fun and healthy time.  The CDC has put together a short list of Halloween tips for those of you expecting trick-or-treaters or 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.

Are Your Kids Playing it Safe on Halloween?

trick or treatEveryone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.   Our friends at SafeKids.org have put together a list of tips for Halloween.

Hard Facts

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Top Tips

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.