Your Health: How to have a happy (and safe!) Halloween
Published October 30th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tricks and treats abound Thursday night for Halloween. But with the fun, also comes concerns about children's safety.
It's important to talk with your children before tonight to ensure a safe Halloween.
Keeping Halloween Happy
Kids here in North Central Florida who can't wait for a night of fun, costumes, and of course their favorite candy.
But for parents, Halloween can be scary for different reasons.
With a little planning, you can avoid plenty of headaches, tantrums, and unsafe situations.
We spoke with pediatrician from Alliance Pediatrics and North Florida Regional Medial Center, Stephanie Kirkconnell, about addressing safety concerns for Halloween.
Before You Go
Check costumes, making sure none are restrictive, flammable, or cause kids to trip.
Avoid masks on very small children.
Eat a filling and nutritious dinner before trick-or-treating to curb candy cravings.
The Night Of...
Children should be in a group with a responsible adult.
Stay in well lit areas, on sidewalks and crosswalks, and never go inside a stranger's house.
Older kids going out by themselves need some ground rules about exactly where they're allowed to go and what time they should be home.
Don't let kids eat any candy before it's inspected by an adult.
Be visible by avoiding dark- colored costumes and use reflective tape, glow sticks or flashlights to stand out.
Once You're Back
Parents should be in charge of when and how much candy their kids can eat.
Remember, staying safe on Halloween isn't just the responsibility of trick-or-treaters. If you're out and about tonight make sure you're driving slow with headlights on, and be aware of your surroundings.
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