October 25, 2018
Halloween Safety 101: How to Make Traditions Kid-Friendly
Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP
Halloween is right around the corner, and families are gearing up. Last year, more than 40 million trick-or-treaters hit the streets for some ghoulish fun, and this year will be no different. Every year I field questions from concerned parents who want tips to keep their kids safe during the festivities. Here’s my topf list:
- Pumpkin carving. Parents wield the sharp knives, while kids scoop the pumpkin seeds and decorate.
- Costumes. Avoid dark colors, masks and sharp objects, and opt for reflectors, flashlights and glow sticks when trick-or-treating.
- Trick-or-treating. Kids should travel in packs, use crosswalks, never go into a stranger’s house and have an adult tag along to make sure everyone makes it home safely.
- Candy. Instead of binge eating, 90 percent of parents will use Halloween to teach their kids an important lesson in moderation. Try one piece a day for a week, and then donate the rest to a good cause.
Halloween can be a ton of fun, but sometimes parents let traditions trump common sense. Keep your kids safe this Halloween with these simple, healthy tips!