Be Smart and Safe This Halloween
By Brandi Goodman
Halloween festivities start up as soon as the fall weather hits. Festivals, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and more tend to fill autumn days. Though these activities can bring about a lot of good, such as promoting physical activity and enhancing one's mood, it can also bring some safety and health concerns. Learn how to be smart and safe this Halloween for a more joyful season free of troubles.
Use Non-Toxic Makeup
Makeup is often part of a costume's design. Most options are fine to use, but be especially sure that your brand reads non-toxic. Some have harmful chemicals that can cause a bad reaction on sensitive skin. It's also wise to make sure all makeup is removed before the end of the night. Never allow yourself or your children to sleep with it on. It can be easy to rub the eyes when you're tired and get some of the material inside of them -- causing blurred vision, pain, or worse.
Light Up Your Costume
Did you know children are more likely to get hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year? Too many costumes are dark in color, have no visibility, and can even make your kids blend in with their surroundings. Find ways to light up your child's costume (or your own) so drivers are aware of their presence. Adding a simple glow-in-the-dark necklace, bracelet, or even mask can make a huge difference.
Eat Before Events
Many Halloween events -- especially trick-or-treating -- encourage eating. You should be consuming a meal at home before these activities take place. It makes it far less likely that you'll overeat and take in way more calories than your body needs. Getting in a nutritious meal before heading out for the night can also help you keep up your energy.
Inspect All Candy
Eating beforehand can help with this, but you should be inspecting all candy before you consume it. Don't eat a few pieces here and there as you're out gathering it. Wait until you've arrived back home and can thoroughly look over each piece under bright lighting. You never know when a piece may have accidentally become opened, is contaminated in any way, or has actually been tampered with intentionally.
Halloween Safety Month falls to -- you guessed it -- October! Before the spooky holiday arrives, learn how best to be prepared for the occasion. Being both smart and safe is key to a healthy and happy Halloween.
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