Last-Minute Tips for a Safe Halloween

No matter the costume, moms are really all Wonder Women on Halloween. From keeping everyone in costume to making sure everyone is safe, it’s safe to say their hands are full.

Before making those last-minute purchases for costumes this Halloween, there are a few things you should know so you can act fast – and strategically – to make sure the contents of your cart are safe.

Last-Minute Makeup

There are certain color additives that are approved by the FDA for use in Halloween make-up. Before buying, check the “Summary of Color Additives” on the label to ensure it only includes the approved ingredients.

Once you know your makeup is safe, it’s important to make sure that you are using the makeup correctly – not all makeup is approved for use on the entire face. Some may not be safe around the eyes, while some things that are safe on nails and hair may not be right for your skin.

At the end of the night, make sure it is removed per the instructions on the label. Some makeup needs to be removed with soap and water and some needs removal with specific cream-based solutions.

Last-Minute Costume

Before heading out for trick or treating tonight, follow these tips to make sure your last-minute costume is safe for the night ahead:

-Find a costume that fits well and allows you proper visibility

-Avoid costumes that limit hearing

-Make sure it is flame-retardant

-Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short and soft

And, while you’re out finding that safe (and spooky) costume, add some flashlights and reflective tape to your cart as well to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.

Before the Treats

While we know Halloween is all about the sweets and treats, it’s important to try not to overindulge.

-Eat a healthy, hearty dinner before you and your family go out trick or treating

-To reduce the candy supply, consider trading candy for other rewards, like toys or special privileges

-Use your new sweets for fun art projects, like a candy wreath

-Use the bite-size candies as their own guide to portion control – limit yourself to one or two pieces per serving

Traveling Tricks

When traveling around on Halloween, remember to always be safe and alert – both on foot and in a car.

-Walk – don’t run – while trick or treating

-Use crosswalks and look both ways while crossing every street

-Remain in well-lit areas

-Plan your route ahead of time

-Travel in large groups

-Carry cellphones in case of separation

-When driving, slow down in residential areas – at least 5 mph lower than the average speed limit

-Keep your headlights on at all times during the evening

-Watch between parked cars and watch closely for children running

Five Star Urgent Care wishes you and your family a safe and sweet Halloween! For any accident or injury along the way, we’re here and open to help save the day. Walk in to your local Five Star Urgent Care for any non-life-threatening illness or injury – even in costume!

To learn more on how to stay safe this Halloween, watch our Wonder Woman, Dr. LouAnne Giangreco, take us through these safety tips in her superhero suit!