The spookiest night of the year is upon us, which means the costumed ghosts, gypsies, pirates and princesses will be out in full force on Halloween night, all in the name of the holiday tradition beloved by all: trick-or-treating.
Though tampering with Halloween candy is a rare occurrence, Five Star and WellNow Urgent Care are here to help plan for the unplanned by offering our annual Halloween candy X-ray screening. All locations will be offering free screenings of candy bags on November 1st between the hours of 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Our friendly and professional team members will use our on-site X-ray equipment to examine your trick-or-treater’s candy bag to help ensure their health and safety, and your piece of mind.
In the case of an injury or illness along the way, Five Star and WellNow are conveniently located in your community to help make any Halloween scares or scrapes all better. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure that this Halloween is all about the treats – and no tricks!
- Dress for the weather, especially for those who live in areas anticipating colder climates for trick-or-treating. Use long johns or turtlenecks for added warmth underneath the outer layer – and buy costumes one-size-too-big to accommodate the extra clothing.
- Explore trick-or-treating alternatives, especially if you have little ones who still want to participate in the holiday. The “trunk-or-treat” trend cuts down on the distance your tikes will have to travel on foot in pursuit of their candy, while local libraries and recreation centers may host Halloween events that will keep your little monsters in on the action, yet out of the cold.
- Pay attention to costume safety, as long layers and capes can give your kiddos something to trip over. Mandate that sneakers be the footwear of choice to accompany a costume, and check that no mask or headpiece obstructs the vision of its wearer.
- Keep track of the parent-to-child ratio, especially if traveling in a big group. Do not volunteer to be responsible for a large group of trick-or-treaters, as you are less likely to watch out for each individual. Instead, make it a group effort, and invite multiple parents to come along and supervise. The more, the merrier!
- Prepare for sunset with a full charge on your phone and a fresh battery in your flashlight. Give young trick-or-treaters a curfew of “home before dark” so they’re only out-and-about while visible.
- Have candy collectors travel on the sidewalk or in a neighborhood with no sidewalks, to keep on the grass, and out of the street. This avoids any risk of oncoming traffic and makes it easier to keep eyes on your group.
Finally, there’s no pair of eyes like a parent’s eyes, so give your child’s candy bag a preliminary check for open treats, suspicious objects and expired sweets… then walk in to a Five Star and WellNow location nearest you on November 1st to have your Halloween candy X-rayed.