With the cool crisp air and the beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow the fall leaves put on display, people look forward to pumpkin spice flavored food, jumping in the leaves and fun celebrations such as Halloween. We all have our own celebrations and Halloween traditions with their own traditions, but the history of the fun and spooky holiday will never change. This wonderful Celtic festival dates back to around 2000 years ago. The jack-o-lantern and the pumpkin carvings that we are familiar with today can be traced back to and linked to the well- known legend of Stingy Jack from England. Halloween festivities include pumpkin carving, costumes and candy and will always be a fun-filled tradition for all kids of all ages.
To help make Halloween be trick-free and all treats, Surepoint Emergency Center has some simple Halloween safety tips:
LITTLE GHOUL SAFETY:
- Light-colored, easy to see at night costumes with reflectors or glow-in-the-dark tape on all sides of bags or front trick-or-treat lanterns is recommended.
- Flame-retardant costumes are the best option, they will not burn. If the costumes are crafty, using flame retardant material such as polyester or nylon is important.
- Keep beards and wigs out of the eyes, and off mouths and noses.
- Nontoxic makeup and face paint is a safer alternative versus masks that can make it challenging to breathe.
Trick-or-Treating the Trouble-Free Way
- Children 12 years and younger should be supervised by an adult and go out in groups.
- Make sure the group sticks together.
- Teach the importance of calling 911 if anyone gets lost.
- Send out an ID with each of the kids in the group with phone numbers and address.
- If the porch lights are off, do not go to the house or apartment.
- Always stay on the sidewalks, not in the streets or alleys
- Make sure at least one kid or adult in the group has a cell phone.
- Trick or treat with the younger kids before the older kids go out; know the routes.
- Take flashlights or lanterns along for visibility.
- Teach stranger danger and stick to familiar settings and neighborhoods.
- Always check the treats and toys packaging. If any candy or food is out of date, has torn packages or looks suspicious, toss them out. Do not accept homemade treats that have been made by those you do not know.
- Younger children should avoid gum or hard candy that are choking hazards.
- Halloween treats should be available that are food allergy alternatives such as crayons, stickers, pencils, raisins/dried fruits and coloring books.
Guzzling Down Yummy Goodies from Halloween
Keep a tab on the amount of candy and other treats that was collected and do not store treats in the bedroom. Limit the amount of candy and treats that are consumed by the children to one or two treats per day.
Surepoint Emergency Center is the place to go in the event an emergency happens. Even with the best Halloween safety tips being followed, accidents can happen.