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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:    

  1. Pumpkin carving. Parents wield the sharp knives, while kids scoop the pumpkin seeds and decorate.
  2. Costumes. Avoid dark colors, masks and sharp objects, and opt for reflectors, flashlights and glow sticks when trick-or-treating.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!