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Tips and Tricks for a FANG-tastic Halloween

Halloween is this weekend, and we are excited to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Although your festivities may be returning to normal, it is important that we are still cautious of the COVID-19 pandemic and any other safety risks that come with Halloweekend.

Noted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. We’ve provided some safety tips and exciting alternatives following the recommendations by the CDC, to make sure your Halloween is FaBOOlous.

Tips and Tricks to enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween:

Keep moving your bones: Stay active by walking to your trick-or-treating destinations, playing festive yard games, going to a corn maze with family, or by finding the biggest pumpkin in the patch to carry home with you.

Eat your brain food: Eat a well-balanced diet by choosing nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins to nourish your body with proper vitamins and minerals. Enjoy Halloween candy in moderation.

Keep your fangs healthy: Too many Halloween sweets can lead to cavities. It is important to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day or after meals to prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup. Dental visits are encouraged for children every 6 months following the development of their first tooth.

Smoking is scary: Smoking can harm every organ in the human body. Keep your Halloween activities and everyday life tobacco and smoke free. Get help to quit smoking.

Be spooky but safe: Take precautions when trick-or-treating by carrying a flashlight, walking in groups, looking out for cars, and staying on the sidewalk.

Don’t be a Zombie, get your Zzz’s: Sleep is important for maximum body functionality. Children should get between 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Studies have found that insufficient sleep can cause risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Say boo to the flu and COVID-19: To prevent a strenuous flu season and the spread of COVID-19, it is important to receive a vaccine for both of these viruses. Anyone 12 years or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone 6 months of age and older is eligible to receive a flu vaccine each year.

Other tips to manage or avoid Illness:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
  • Consider individually wrapped candy bags.
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.
  • Wear a mask when participating in large gatherings.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly.

Whether you’re going trick-or-treating or planning a celebratory night at home, we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and SKELE-fun Halloween.

If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween activities and should not hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

Published October 29, 2021

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