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Things are supposed to be scary on Halloween, right?
Well, the goal is to have fun being scared – safely. Nobody wants to cap off an evening of trick-or-treating in the emergency room.
Besides watching out for their nutrition (don’t overdo the candy!), you may also want to review some basic safety rules with your kids before they head out on Halloween.
Since children under age 12 aren't yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it's important to continue taking pandemic precautions. This includes trick-or-treating outdoors and in small groups, wearing a mask in indoor settings (children older than 2), staying home if you're sick, and washing hands before eating any treats. Children should not wear a costume mask over a COVID face mask, because it can make breathing more difficult. For those giving out treats, consider sitting outside and putting prepackaged goodies on a table for children to take.
Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a great list of Halloween safety tips, including:
To avoid pedestrian injuries, the AAP recommends that kids:
Have fun, and stay safe this Halloween!
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