Menu

Ways to Have a Happy and Safe Halloween This Year

Oct 20, 2021Health Focus

The spookiest time of the year is coming! At some point, many people will be celebrating Halloween by visiting haunted houses, hosting costume parties, and going trick-or-treating. Here are some tips to make sure your little ghosts, witches, and superheroes are safe during their trick-or-treating this Halloween.

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 chaperones.
  • 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.

In the end, there isn’t one right way to celebrate Halloween this year. As long as you stick to the three main rules: maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and keep hands clean—then the rest is really up to you, your family, and your neighbors.

Pumpkin Carving Safety

Further, to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while pumpkin carving this year, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand recommends taking the following precautions to avoid serious injury. Pumpkin carving safety.

We’re Here for You!

In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go directly to an emergency nearest to you.

Emergency Room
98 Poplar St.
Blackfoot, ID 83221
(208) 785-4100

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bingham Healthcare’s Urgent Cares

If you are a loved one need medical care that does not require a trip to the ER, all of our urgent cares throughout Eastern Idaho are currently open. However, for non-emergent situations, Bingham Healthcare has four urgent cares at the following locations:

BLACKFOOT

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine

Riverside Plaza (across from McDonald’s)

1350 Parkway Drive

Blackfoot, ID 83221

(208) 782-2410

IDAHO FALLS

Ammon Medical & Urgent Care

3456 E. 17th St., Suite 125

(located near the corner of 17th St. and Ammon Rd.)

Ammon, ID 83406

(208) 529-2828


POCATELLO

1st Choice Urgent Care – Bannock Highway

1595 Bannock Highway

Pocatello, ID 83204

(208) 239-6511


NOW IN SHELLEY, TOO!

275 West Locust

Shelley, ID 83274

P: (208) 357-3960

 

All Urgent Cares Hours of Operation

Mon. to Fri.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sat. & Sun.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about when it’s best to visit the ER or Urgent Care

This 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.