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 Halloween Safety Tips

By Alexis L. Sawyer, M.D.

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Haunted houses, ghoulish decorations and scary movies make for plenty of frightening moments around Halloween. The countdown to Halloween has begun. What’s left on your Halloween safety checklist?​

Decide on Costumes

  • Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid trips.
  • Make sure masks have large holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth for proper sight and ventilation. Cut larger holes if needed.
  • Make-up is a good alternative to a mask.
  • Make sure you can add layers of clothing underneath the costume in case of a chilly Halloween evening.

Stock up on Halloween Candy

  • Eliminate any homemade treats by people you don’t know.
  • Ration the candy to a couple of pieces a day.
  • After two weeks, discard the candy. (More holiday food is just around the corner!)

Carve the Pumpkins

  • An adult should always supervise the use of sharp objects.
  • Make sure the pumpkin is properly cleaned out, with no hanging pulp that could catch on fire.
  • Never leave a candle unattended in a pumpkin.
  • Make sure there is enough ventilation for the smoke and heat of a candle to escape from the pumpkin. (Or look for battery-operated pumpkin lights.)