Halloween safety

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

With Halloween right around the corner, our team at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving wanted to put together a few tips on how to get the most out of the spookiest, scariest holiday. Every year, countless children roam the streets in the search for candy and fun. Halloween is a great time for children to enjoy some independence, but for parents, this is also the scariest part of the season! Here are a few tips to make sure that both you and your children have a safe and fun Halloween:

1)      Stick to sidewalks

Most areas in and around Irving have plenty of sidewalks, and you should stick to these as often as possible. While many neighborhoods have Trick or Treat events, where streets are closed for children to walk about safely, you still want to walk along the sidewalks just in case. Beyond being safe, it also reinforces good safety habits for your children.

2)      Be comfortable

Even this late in October, the weather can still got hot. If you are planning on walking around with your children, be sure to plan accordingly. Watch the weather report and wear clothes that will keep you comfortable. Regardless of how hot it will be, remember to hydrate and get your child to drink plenty of water as well, both before and during Trick or Treating.

3)      Plan your route

Before leaving in pursuit of candy and fun, sit down with your child and plan a route. Even if you just loosely discuss your plans, it is a good idea to set boundaries of how far you are willing to go. For instance, you could plan a street-by-street route, or you could simply say that you will not be leaving your neighborhood.

4)      Supervise Their Independence

Trick or Treating is the perfect opportunity for your child to gain some independence. For instance, when you walk up to a house, parents often encourage their child to go ring the doorbell. It might seem like a simple gesture, but this little bit of interaction can build a child’s confidence and understanding on how to communicate with adults. As a parent, you should balance your child’s independence with their safety. A great setup is to walk your child from house to house but to wait for them on the sidewalk.

5)      Inspect candy

Even though most reports of wide-spread tampered candy on Halloween have turned out to be urban legends, you should still go through your child’s candy at the end of the night and inspect the pieces. Discard anything that looks opened or odd for any reason. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Halloween is an exciting time for children, and with these tips, it can also be a safe time. From the entire team at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving, we hope you and your children have a safe and happy Halloween!

halloween safety

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

With a chill in the air and the promise of tricks and treats, families take to the streets and enjoy the annual tradition of Halloween. It is a time for fun, and it is also a time for safety. Our team at MSCI has put together a few tips to make sure that you and your family have a safe and healthy Halloween.

  • Discard any unwrapped candy

Despite the media frenzy every year, there are very few cases of people ever tampering with candy. However, it is always safe to discard any unwrapped pieces of candy or anything that looks like it has been tampered with. Go through your child’s candy at the end of the night. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

  • Go trick or treating before dark

More accidents occur at nighttime than during the daytime. Trick or treating at night can be dangerous. While most people understand to be on the lookout for children in the street, it is always best to not take the risk. Trick or treating in the evening while it is still light out is the safest time. If you find yourself out at night and still going door to door, be sure you stick to sidewalks when possible.

  • Wear reflectors or reflective tape if going out at night

If you want to trick or treat at night, get some reflectors or reflective tape. Both of these can stick easily to costumes and should be put on the back of your child’s outfit. Perfect for poorly lighted streets, reflective tape and reflectors catch the light from cars and better alert drivers to pedestrians.

  • Go with your child

Younger children will most certainly want you to come along. Older children can still benefit from parental supervision. If they are not keen on the idea of you escorting them from door to door, you can always compromise by walking with them and staying on the sidewalk as your child knocks on the door. From that vantage point, you can still keep an eye on your child and keep them safe.

  • Don’t dress as a clown (this year)

Because media reports about creepy clowns appearing across the country have unnerved quite a few people, we would recommend not dressing up as a clown this year for Halloween. There have been a few reports of violence against people in clown costumes, and while these dressed-up individuals were probably intending to scare others, it is still not a bad idea to skip even cute clown costumes for your children this year.

 

From the entire team at MSCI, we hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy Halloween!