Whether your family is going to trick or treat in the neighborhood or trunk and treat at your local place of worship or school, you still want to follow some basic rules to make your evening safe and fun.
Costumes should fit snugly over clothing and be of appropriate length to avoid tripping and falling. Remember to check the weather forecast and be prepared to keep warm and dry. Make sure the costume has bright colors or add reflective material. Make-up is better than a mask, but should be tested on the skin before use for any possible reactions. If your child is going to wear a mask, make sure it fits so that they can see through the eye holes, breathe comfortably and it does not move with walking. Costume accessories should be soft and flexible.
When trick or treating, make sure your children go in groups, never alone, and with at least one adult. Make sure they know never to accept a ride from a stranger and to avoid darkened homes and never enter the home of a stranger. Children should carry a flashlight wear costumes marked with some sort of reflective material. Where feasible, make sure they walk on sidewalks – and do not run. Remind kids that when they have to walk on the road, always walk on the left side, facing traffic. Finally, plan out your trick or treat route before you leave.
Inspect all candy and treats before eating them. Discard any treats that are out of the package or look suspicious. Do not eat any “homemade” treats from strangers. Be aware of possible choking hazards and do not give young children hard candy.
Not everyone is a fan of eating candy. There are many alternatives including healthy treats such as boxed raisins, craisins and other dried fruit. Bagged pretzels, sunflower seeds and trail mix are other healthy choices. Finally, many dentists and other charities will accept unopened Halloween candy and donate to our troops serving overseas.
However you decide to celebrate Halloween, make sure you are following the simple rules to make it a safe and enjoyable evening for you and your family.
Robert Poth, MD, pediatrician with Regional Physicians Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics at High Point Regional, specializes in pediatric diagnostic medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and has been caring for the medical needs of children for more than 15 years.
Dr. Poth, his wife, Heidi, and their two children, Isabella and Alexander, live in High Point. He is looking forward to getting to know you and your family and providing you with exceptional family-center medical care. Dr. Poth is excited to be a part of the community here in the Triad and—and to bring Pediatrics back to High Point Regional.