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Halloween Safety Tips


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Drug and Poison Information Center at Cincinnati Children's would like to share the following Halloween and trick-or-treating tips with parents and children:

  • Only go to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks when available, and never cross between parked cars.
  • Have your child's name and address attached to their costume.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks—masks can obstruct a child's vision.
  • Make sure your child's costume doesn't drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit well, even if they don't go with the costume.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Tell your children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn.
  • Non-food treats may include plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers and coins.
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.

For More Information, Contact the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) AT 1-800-222-1222. DPIC is open 24 hours a day.

Contact Information

Danielle Lewis
(513) 636-9473
danielle.lewis1@cchmc.org