Halloween is a memorable time of year. When else can you see ghosts, dinosaurs and pirates in the same room? But the festivities can create some surprising health risks if you’re not careful. Here’s how to say “boo” to danger while you enjoy the festivities.
Stay comfortable in your costume
The right costume is a big part of Halloween fun. With a little imagination, there’s no limit to what you can be. Whether you’re making a spooky masterpiece at home or buying a costume at the store, you should consider a few safety tips:
Take care of your trick or treater
Accompany your child while they trick or treat and make sure you bring a phone for emergencies. It’s also wise to plan your path in advance. Look for well-lit streets with sidewalks, if possible, and avoid busy roads and alleyways.
If it’s your child’s first Halloween, discuss trick or treating with them so they know what to expect. Let them know the basics, like going to houses with lights on, saying “trick or treat,” and only taking one piece of candy per house.
If you’re handing out treats at home, remember to keep your porch light on, clear leaves and other debris from your path and steps, and secure your pets.
Satisfy your sweet tooth (in moderation)
Candy and sweet treats go hand-in-hand with Halloween, but there’s no need to give your oral health a scare. Here are a few ways to enjoy the holiday without harming your teeth and gums:
Have a monster candy haul? If you’d like to unload some candy, find a candy buy-back or donation program near you.
Give your pumpkin a giant grin
Pumpkin carving is a great way to celebrate the holiday and express your creativity. Just follow a few safety tips to make sure you and your orange friend are smiling on Halloween.
Have a happy and healthy Halloween
From the spooky fun to the carved pumpkins, there’s nothing quite like Halloween. Just make sure you keep your smile safe and create scary good memories.