Florida Health Hillsborough County

Make healthy and safe options for an amazing Halloween

WEST CENTRAL, FLA – The Florida Departments of Health in West Central Florida is reminding residents and visitors to make safe and healthy choices this Halloween.

Halloween can be a huge source of fun for kids and adults, but never forget that it’s also important to make choices that promote health and safety. Clothing, traffic and food safety are essential to trick-or-treaters.

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Consider adding reflective or striping tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility. Glowing bracelets and necklaces can be used.
Make-up should be pre-tested on a small piece of skin to make sure that there are no unpleasant surprises or allergic reactions. Toxic ingredients have been found in cosmetics marketed to teens and teens, so be sure to check the source.
Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye specialist.

traffic movement
Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Often, lack of visibility due to low light plays a factor in these accidents.
Remember to ask the kids to only travel in familiar, well-lit places and stick with their friends.
It’s important to turn off electronic devices because the light can be distracting, which can cause stumbling or lack of awareness of traffic or vehicle traffic.

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Whether they are commercial or personal coated, parents should check all treatments for signs of tampering, such as unusual appearance, discoloration, small holes, or tears in the wrappers. When in doubt, throw it out!
Since some people choose to create homemade rewards for trick-or-treaters, parents should evaluate each item before consuming it.
Kids shouldn’t snack from their goodie bags while out of the house as trick-or-treating, so give them a snack or snack before going out; Do not send children on an empty stomach.

Food Safety
With the number of colorful fentanyl pills being reported on the rise, parents may be concerned that rainbow fentanyl is a major risk factor in Halloween candy as trick-or-treaters go door-to-door. According to the DEA, there is no evidence to justify concern that fentanyl is targeting children; However, as with any Halloween candy, it’s important for parents to remember to check bundled candy for anything fishy.

Healthy options for trick-or-treaters
fruit snacks
apple juice bags
cans of raisins
granola bars
Banana chips
small water bottles
trail mix
small dough
Pencils and erasers
plastic jewelry

After all the candy is collected, and the last trick-or-treat goes to bed, parents need to be aware of how to moderation in children’s consumption of candy. Rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise, so keep an eye on how much candy your kids are eating. Parents may want to consider limiting the candy to a small number of pieces each day or week. Another idea is to donate candy to organizations that distribute candy to the less fortunate and soldiers in the armed forces.

Halloween offers a fun time for parents and kids to have fun together, and by making safe and healthy choices, friends and family can continue to create spooky memories for years to come.

Contact information for West Central Florida health departments:

DOH-Citrus (352) 527-0068
DOH- Manatees (941) 748-0747
DOH-Hardy (863) 773-4161
DOH-Pasco (727) 619-0300
DOH- Hernando (352) 540-6800
DOH-Pinellas (727) 824-6900
DOH-Highland (863) 386-6040
DOH- Polk (863) 519-7900
DOH- Hillsboro (813) 307-8000
DOH- Sarasota (941) 861-2900

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