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A Healthy & Safe Halloween

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A Healthy & Safe Halloween

With Halloween around the corner, it's not too early to start thinking about how you can make sure you, your family, and your neighbourhood stay healthy and safe on October 31st.

With all the excitement and sugar running through our veins, it's important to keep in mind these easy tips for staying healthy & safe, and still having fun.

When it comes to costumes:

  • If you're going to be out after dark, add reflective tape to your costume and candy bag
  • Wear a bright and colourful costume
  • Make sure that your vision isn't impaired by any face masks and that you won't trip on a long costume

When it comes to trick or treating:

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  • Make sure young children have adult supervision, if a child is old enough to go out without an adult, make sure they stay with a group of friends during the night
  • Bring a flashlight
  • Remember street safety - always look both ways before you cross the street and stay on sidewalks as much as possible
  • Resist the temptation to drive - walk door to door to get more exercise
  • It may get chilly in the evening, so be sure to bring extra layers to keep you dry and warm

When it comes to candy:

  • Strategize with your kids beforehand to encourage them to ration their candy (it will last longer this way!)
  • Make sure you and your children have a delicious and filling meal before you start trick or treating
  • Before you start eating the treats, inspect the candy to ensure everything is sealed and hasn't been tampered with
  • Offer a trade - after having a few treats see if your child would want to swap in their leftover candy for something else, like a toy or book
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth extra well that night
  • Get rid of any leftover candy you were distributing - keeping boxes of chocolate and chips around the house is too tempting for many

When it comes to other Halloween activities:

  • Give some of these healthy and festive treats a try
  • Be careful carving your pumpkins - an adult should be responsible for any carving and cutting, allow children to decorate with markers, paint, and glitter
  • Ensure any flames and candles are in a safe and secure place

With these tips & reminders you are sure to have a healthy, safe, and fun (and maybe even spooky!) Halloween. If you have any other tips or suggestions, feel free to comment here or on our social media - we would love to hear from you.

Happy Halloween from The Medical Station (opening early 2016)!

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