With Halloween less than a week away everyone’s plans and preparations are under way. This time of year is about scary costumes, spooky parties, tricks and yummy treats.
However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that “these events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.” Safest Choice agrees and has compiled here some of the best advice from trusted sources.
The CDC provided a number of tips by creating an acronym (or is it an initialism) for S.A.F.E H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N. Each letter is the beginning of a suggestion to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
For example, the ’S’ in safe stands for: Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. And the ‘A’ in Halloween stands for: Always test make-up in a small area first and remove before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation, not to mention stained bed sheets!
The Mayo Clinic has also provided practical Halloween safety precations. Some you may have heard before, like making sure costumes are bright or have reflectors. But others might not have crossed your mind, such as keeping an eye on pets that may become spooked, and possibly aggressive, by strangers in costumes at your front door.
Other Mayo Clinic suggestions include keeping the carving of pumpkins for adults and letting younger children decorate them with stickers and paint. Those stickers could also be given to trick-or-treaters instead of sugar-laden candy. And most parents already inspect and ration their child’s candy loot before letting them enjoy. My favorite idea is to set up a neighborhood party and go from house to house of trusted friends. This way Halloween becomes more about community, fun games and costume contests, rather than the big bag full of candy.