Image description: Pete Souza, the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, took this photo on Halloween.
"I was headed back into the White House after the president and first lady had finished handing out Halloween treats on the South Lawn, when I noticed ‘Glinda the Good Witch’ greeting youngsters from inside her bubble," Souza said.
Your kids may be trick-or-treating Halloween night with some scary characters - zombies, vampires, ghosts and robbers - but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep them safe!
Here are some tips to ensure your kids are safe and scary (PDF) this Halloween:
Don’t let your kids accept any unwrapped or unsealed treats.
To prevent too much snacking, give your kids a light meal before they head out.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone! Travel in groups with a trusted adult.
Wear brightly colored clothing or attach reflective tape to your children’s costumes - car accidents are a Halloween hazard that can be avoided.
Only go to homes where you know the resident, or lights are on in front of the house.
And if you’re throwing a Halloween party at your house, the FDA has some suggestions for spooky snacks that won’t scare your kids’ immune systems:
Bobbing for apples? Be sure to wash them in cool, running water beforehand to remove any lingering bacteria on the surface. Scrub them with a produce brush for extra safety.
Raw batter can be enticing, but resist the temptation! It could contain bacteria that makes you sick.
Keep bacteria away by keeping perishable food cool until it’s time to serve it, and don’t leave the foods set out at room temperature for more than two hours.
Make sure your juices or ciders are pasteurized or otherwise treated to remove bacteria.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a podcast series designed for you, check out the transcript for Halloween food safety. And, if your kids are interested, show them the history of Halloween, as told by the American Folklife Center, or explore USA.gov’s Halloween page.
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Halloween activities like trick-or-treating or parties provide opportunities for you and your family to be exposed to germs. With flu season just around the corner take precautions and get a flu shot.
Check your local weather report before you head out and be prepared to bundle up underneath those costumes. Dressing for the occasion will help prevent maladies like hypothermia and will allow you to enjoy your night, no matter what the weather.
If you and your family will be participating in the age-old tradition of trick-or-treating, be aware of the area you’ll be visiting and watch out for traffic. Whether it’s your own local street and town, or a theme park with family specials, getting lost in an unfamiliar area can pose a danger to the enjoyment of the evening and your personal safety.
If you live in a neighborhood, odds are that you are going to get some visitors this Halloween. If you choose to hand out treats, be aware of the people you allow inside your home. If there are guests that are unfamiliar to you, hand out candy on your doorstep, and keep the night’s activities outside.
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