Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
To help ensure everyone enjoys the magic of Halloween, we've put together this list of Halloween safety and health tips.
• 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
• 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
• 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.