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Halloween is a favorite time of year for children and adults all around New York City. Here are tips for celebrating in a safe and healthy way.

  • Costumes

  • Trick or Treating

  • Expecting Trick or Treaters

  • Pumpkin Carving


    • Make your child visible - Choose a brightly-colored treat bag and costume, and place reflective strips on the costume. These actions help drivers see your child better in the dark.
    • Costumes and masks should fit well to avoid blocked vision or tripping. Costume accessories such as swords, canes and jewelry should not be too long or sharp
    • Decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye injury. Check with your doctor before wearing them.

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    • Supervise your child when trick-or-treating or make sure they’re with a trusted adult. Don’t let your child enter anyone’s home alone.
    • Tell your child to look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at street corners.
    • Carefully check treats for tampering, choking hazards and possible allergies. Do not let your child eat any open or unwrapped treats.
    • Limit the amount of treats your child eats.

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    Expecting Trick-or-Treaters
    • Give out healthy treats such as dried fruit packets or whole wheat mini pretzels.
    • Remove clutter and wet leaves from sidewalks and steps to avoid slips and falls.

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    Pumpkin Carving
    • Only adults should carve the pumpkin. Supervise children closely around carving tools.
    • Use a tea light or glow stick in the jack o’lantern instead of a burning candle.

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    Related Links:

    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Health and Safety Tips

    NYC Police Department Safety Tips for Halloween