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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Don't let your health get tricked this Halloween

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To help ensure everyone enjoys the magic of Halloween, we've put together this list of Halloween safety and health tips.

Costumes:

• Plan costumes that are bright, reflective and flame resistant

• Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame

• Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility

• Make sure accessories like swords, canes, or sticks are short, soft, and flexible

• If a mask is part of a costume, check that eye holes are large enough to allow full visibility and nose holes allow for adequate breathing or consider using non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as a safer alternative - just make sure to test the makeup in a small area first and remove it completely before going to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Healthy Halloween:

• Start the evening off with a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating to reduce the impulse to fill up on Halloween treats

• Instruct children not to eat any treats until they return home so that a responsible adult can sort and check treats, throwing away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items

• Set a limit on sweets and try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween

• Don’t forget to brush teeth using toothpaste with fluoride at least twice per day to avoid cavities and gum disease

Trick-or-Treating:

• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds

• If older children are going out alone to meet friends instruct them to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone

• Agree on a specific time when children should return home and know the route they are travelling

• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat


The McLean County Health Department wants everyone to enjoy a healthy and safe Halloween.

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