It’s almost Halloween, one of the holidays most looked forward to by children and parents alike.

As you’re planning this year’s costumes and stocking up on treats, are you ready to provide a safe and healthy Halloween for your family?

“Halloween is a great time for families to bond, but it doesn’t have to be over chocolate bars,” said Dr. Jason Black, an emergency physician at Abrazo West Campus. “As Halloween continues to evolve, so do your choices for treats for your kids and the trick-or-treaters at your door.”

Trick-or-treaters and their parents will appreciate waving glow sticks for visibility and staying hydrated with mini bottles of water as they continue their candy quest. Raisins and goldfish in factory-packaged snack bags are another option. Inexpensive alternatives to candy, such as stickers, bubbles, crayons and play dough also bring a fun twist to Halloween treats.

“Don’t let children eat anything with questionable or unknown ingredients, especially if they have food allergies,” Black said. “Inspect all candy and food before consuming.”

Carefully check labels on your kids’ treats. Edibles containing cannabis are now frequently packaged in ways that more closely resembles a traditional candy or popular snack, such as gummy bears, brownies or cookies.

“Cannabis edibles sold at dispensaries are required to make it clear they are not meant for children,” Black said. “Labeling information you might look for include words such as THC content, medicated, medibles or marijuana leaves displayed on the packaging.”

Your child’s health isn’t limited to the goodies they’re consuming.

“Make sure that masks fit correctly and costumes aren’t too long,” Black said. “Both can be a tripping hazard, particularly in the dark.”

Makeup is a culprit of spoiled Halloween. Kids can have sensitive skin and break out in itchy rashes and hives from makeup. By testing makeup on a small area of your child’s skin, you can quickly determine if the makeup will be safe for your child. Cosmetic contact lenses may seem cool, but they can cause corneal abrasions, infection and even vision loss.

While out trick-or-treating, kids should stay in groups and smaller children need to be accompanied by an adult. Everyone should wear reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights so they are easily visible to drivers.

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year. A few commonsense tips help keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone! 

Halloween safety tips

• Make sure costumes fit correctly so you don’t trip and fall.

• Trick-or-treat in a group with adult supervision.

• Test makeup before applying to prevent an allergic reaction.

• Carry a flashlight or glow stick to you more visible to traffic.

• Do not enter homes to get candy.

• Carefully inspect treats with an adult before snacking.