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Kid's Halloween Safety

Oct 09, 2018

Halloween Safety

Make sure your little ghosts, witches, and superheroes are safe during their trick-or-treating this Halloween.

The spookiest time of the year is coming! On October 31st, many people will be celebrating Halloween by visiting haunted houses, hosting costume parties, and going trick-or-treating.

Halloween is short for “All Hallows’ Evening,” also known as All Hallows’ Eve, and started as a Celtic tradition. According to “Halloween History,” they believed that on October 31st, the worlds of the living and of the dead overlapped and the deceased would cause havoc among the living. Bonfires were used for protection, masks and costumes were worn to mimic the deceased, and tricks were played if treats weren’t given.

This Halloween, we want to make sure your little ghosts, witches, and superheroes are safe during their trick-or-treating. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that can help make your Halloween a safe one:

  • Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or driveways.
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Add reflective tape if needed. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, you should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

All of us at Bingham Memorial Hospital wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Halloween. However, even when all attempts for safety are made, accidents can happen. If you need emergency care during your Halloween festivities, remember that Bingham Memorial Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care and a 1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine in Blackfoot.

Emergency Room

98 Poplar St.
Blackfoot, ID 83221
(208) 785-3813
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine
(across the street from McDonald's)

1350 Parkway Dr.
Blackfoot, ID 83221
(208) 782-2410

Open Daily:

  • Mon. to Fri.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sat. & Sun.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.