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New and Recycled Tips for a Safe Halloween This Year

Avoid these types of decorative lenses this Halloween

The FDA recently released an update on how to have a safe Halloween this year. But don’t wait until the night of, as some tips require pre-Halloween attention.


Unfortunately, injuries are all-too-common on a traditional night of make-believe scary fun. Here’s what you can do to avoid some common causes of injury through these tips provided by the “Lucky 13” guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Halloween Safety Tips

1. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.

2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.

3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.

4. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.

5. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.

6. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.

Safe Halloween Treats

Not only should parents keep an eye on their child as they cross dark streets going from house to house, but they should also carefully inspect their child’s treats afterward before letting them dig-in for some tasty fun.

1. Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.

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2. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.

3. If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

4. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

5. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.''

Halloween Eye Safety

Decorative lenses can be a lot of fun and the perfect accessory for a costume by making the wearer’s eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical “cat eyes,” or change the wearer’s eye color. However, decorative lenses are unlawful without an examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. And for good reason―some decorative contacts can cause significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness.

FDA cautions public about fake decorative contact lenses

Here’s a video from the FDA warning about the health hazards of using illegal decorative contact lenses.

For more about Halloween safety, here are some selected articles from past Halloweens:

Try These Tricks for Allergen-safe Halloween Treats

What's The No. 1 Cause of Death Attributed to Halloween?

Reference: FDA.gov “'Lucky 13' Tips for a Safe Halloween

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