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Thoughtful Parentin: Let’s have a safe, fun Halloween

Tips for a SAFE Halloween

The Center for Disease Control offers these tips:

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children in the United States. The discussion of what costume to get or who to trick-or-treat with may start months before Halloween night arrives. Steamboat Springs is unique in that downtown Lincoln Avenue is closed for the community and visitors to enjoy the open streets, restaurants and storefronts for the evening.

Tips for a SAFE Halloween

The Center for Disease Control offers these tips:

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.



Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

While trick-or-treating can be a fun family activity, children are often exposed to increased risks. Wherever the holiday is celebrated, it is important to keep Halloween safety in mind. Safe kids worldwide and HealthDay recommend the following tips to parents and caregivers.

Only one-third (35 percent) of parents discuss Halloween safety with their children every year.

• Talk to children every Halloween about preventing pedestrian injuries, falls, poisoning and burns to help keep them safe.

• Recognize that children do not always understand dangers, which can place them at risk.

Thirty-one percent of parents express fears about child pedestrian injuries on Halloween night, despite the excess risk of walking on or near the streets in the dark.

• Drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in ways drivers do not expect.

• Drivers should anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn their headlights on earlier.

Halloween activities, such as parties and trick-or-treating, can be dangerous for children with food allergies.

• Speak up — if your child has a food allergy, be sure to inform the host of any Halloween party and friends or family while trick-or-treating.

• Have a list of foods that may trigger an allergic reaction.

• Check labels — it is important to read labels to learn if particular foods contain allergens or have been made on the same machine as other products that contain an allergen.

• Once children return home, parents can sort through candy and remove any potential allergens.

• It is important to note that smaller or “fun-sized” candy may contain different ingredients than the regular-sized versions.

• Although having a food allergy is serious, kids should still be able to have fun. The key is education and making sure your child knows what he or she can eat.

As this anticipated holiday draws near, have a quick family meeting prior to trick-or-treating or attending any Halloween parties. This ensures parents/caregivers and children are on the same page as to what is expected to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

Kyleigh Lawler is the executive coordinator for the Routt County Youth Services.


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