Halloween is upon us, and the CDC has released tips on how to keep the real-looking injuries only real-looking. Here are some of the tips for how to stay safe so you and your kids can fully devote yourselves to candy, as we all should.
1. Use soft or flexible costume swords.
Yes, we know, you want your 3-year-old pirate to look as accurate as possible. We're all for that. Just please, for the love of all that is good, do not give your kid a real knife to dangle inches off his tiny belt. Beyond the terrifying safety implications, chances are your 28-pound child will tip over if they have to support that much weight.
2. Don't trick-or-treat alone.
If you've seen any horror movies, you know there's safety in numbers. Everyone from evil clowns to singing zombie children to those mall kiosk people who sell hand scrubs you'll never use knows the easiest victims are the lone wolf pups. On top of the goblin concerns, you or your kid would probably benefit from having someone keep you accountable to your vow to not eat your own weight in Reeses.
3. Check treats before eating.
Milky Way bars aren't usually sealed on one side with duct tape. Remember that.
4. Test makeup, and remove it before bed.
Halloween makeup usually isn't always the most hypoallergenic, so make sure it doesn't harm skin by testing it first and trying not to sleep with it.
5. Remind kids to walk, not run, between houses.
Candy makes us obscenely excited too, and the urge to sneak in some exercise to even out the night is a noble one, but when it's dark it's best to avoid running around driveways and porches and zombies.
6. Avoid decorative contact lenses.
Lower your risk of getting cuts and infections in your eyes by skipping decorative contact lenses altogether. Your little cat ears get the message across well enough.
7. Avoid homemade treats.
If you or your kids have allergies, it's a lot easier to be assured that there's been no cross-contamination by sticking to prepackaged treats.
8. Keep jack-o'-lanterns away from doorsteps.
Avoid putting jack-o'-lanterns in heavily trafficked areas and keep them on desks instead. You don't want any tripping hazards, especially if costumes are already tricky to walk around in.
9. Consider giving trick-or-treaters healthy options.
We know, we know, that neighbor who hands out raisins on Halloween is one of the most confusing and resented figures in American culture. But consider giving out small toys, crayons, or gum instead of pure sugar.