Halloween Tips from VDH

Happy Halloween from VDH! We’ve got tips for kids, parents, teens, and adults who go out to celebrate.

The costumes are ready, the jack-o-lanterns are lit, and the treats are in the bowl. You’re ready for a fun Halloween night of trick-or-treating, right? Almost! As you head out with your friends and family, keep the following safety tips in mind.

  • Stay safe on the streets. Wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, and make sure your costume doesn’t block your ability to see or walk safely.
  • Stick to the sidewalks. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible, but if there isn’t a sidewalk, stay on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups, with a responsible adult.
  • Only visit homes that have their porch light on, and never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Have an adult check the candy haul. If you have any question about the safety of a treat, throw it away. Check for loose candy, open wrappers, and allergens.

If you’re too old for trick-or-treating, we’ve still got you on our minds! For teenagers and adults embracing the spirit of the season, it’s crucial to keep health and safety in mind, especially for those heading out to party. Here are some health tips to ensure a frightfully good time without any unexpected scares:

  • Costume Comfort: Your costume might be scary, but discomfort shouldn’t be part of the equation. Make sure your costume fits well, allows easy movement, and doesn’t pose any risks such as tripping or obstructing vision. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Stay Hydrated: Whether it’s the chilly weather or hours of dancing, staying hydrated is crucial. Alternate between water and festive beverages and ensure you’re consuming enough fluids throughout the evening.
  • Mindful Indulgence: Halloween treats and drinks are part of the fun, but moderation is key. Keep an eye on your alcohol intake and ensure you’re not overindulging in sugary snacks. And be mindful of food allergies.
  • Buddy System: Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, never wander off alone. Stick with a group of friends and designate a buddy system to ensure everyone stays together and safe. This is especially important when navigating through crowded streets or unfamiliar areas.
  • Transportation Safety: If you plan to enjoy Halloween festivities away from home, plan your transportation in advance. Designate a sober driver or use rideshare services or public transportation to ensure a safe journey back home.

Halloween festivities can be fun for all, so be safe and enjoy the holiday!