As we start to feel comfortable traveling a little more, staying safe while celebrating fall festivities is still top priority for many. Through a little research we found some great Halloween safety tips.
- Opt for small groups and staying outdoors if possible.
- Make sure your kids know to avoid large crowds and kid clusters at doorsteps.
- If you give out treats, consider placing a table outside as a buffer between you and trick-or-treaters. Also, utilize pre-packaged or individually wrapped items that you can place on the table.
- Consider non-edible treats for kids that may have food allergies.
- Mark your kids costumes with reflective tape if they’ll be out after dark.
- If attending an inside event, be sure everyone wears a face mask and stays a safe distance from others not in their household.
- When you all return home, wash your hands before eating treats.
Parties, Parades, Events and more
- Pick a haunted forest or corn maze instead of an indoor event.
- Opt for safe and fun programs organized by your local park, zoo or other outdoor venue nearby.
- If you attend a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching whatever you pick.
- Opt for making masks part of your costume. For example, a surgeon, nurse or superhero.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a COVID face mask. It may make breathing very difficult.
For At-Home Family Fun
Decorating Pumpkins 1-2-3
- If the kids are young, have them draw the face. And parents can carve out the rest.
- Consider placing battery operated lights inside, instead of an traditional flame candle.
- And roast the seeds for a healthy snack afterwards.
Dress Up Movie Time
For small children, dressing up as favorite characters from a movie works all year long. So plan a movie night, dress up, and enjoy the feature film together.
Everyday Halloween Treats
- Turn your hand-made pizza into a pumpkin shape and decorate accordingly.
- Turn fruits and veggies into Halloween inspired foody fun. For example, a peeled tangerine with celery top to look like a mini jack-o-lantern.
- Decorate your house inside and/or outside.
- Hide treats around the house, or outside.
- Then the whole family or just the kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt/haunt.
If we all do our part to add consideration and safety into everyday events and festivities, we’ll all be able to make happy memories that live long beyond today. And taking time to teach younger kids these same values will have positive ripple effects well beyond our own communities.
More helpful links:
Avoiding a food allergy on Halloween here…
How to Choose Face paint and makeup that is toxic-free here…
What parents and teens need to know about decorative contact lenses here…
Sources: HealthyChildren.org and American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2021)