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Halloween safety tips

Posted 8/31/2015

Now that fall has arrived, Halloween is just around the corner. With witches, ghosts, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods in your area, the American Red Cross offers parents some great safety tips to help make the most out of their trick-or-treat holiday. This fun holiday should be filled with surprise and excitement, and following some common sense practices can help to keep this day more safe and fun. Here are some great tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween.

Walk, slither, and sneak on the sidewalks, not in the street.

Look both ways before crossing the street to check for moving vehicles and low flying brooms.

Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.

Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are visible.

Remember to put some reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, brooms, etc.

Plan your route and share it with your family in case you are separated from your group and chaperone. Be sure to carry a flashlight to light your way.

Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.

Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

Have an adult inspect any and all treats before eating. If the package is already open, throw it away. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for small children.

Healthy Halloween Treats

There are plenty of fun snacks to give to children when they come trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. Candy has been the traditional treat for ghosts and goblins knocking on your door, but how about trying some nutritious snacks that will be sure to surprise and delight? Here are some fun, nutritious goodies that you can scare up to hand out to trick-or-treaters in your area:

  • Granola bars
  • Pencils
  • Individual snack bags of pretzels or crackers
  • Halloween jewelry
  • 100 percent fruit juice boxes
  • Small puzzles
  • Individual puddings or fruit snacks
  • Small yo yos
  • Small bags of sunflower seeds
  • Squirt balls

Email or call Susan Lednicky, nutritionist, at 702-257-5548.

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