A Safe & Spooktacular Halloween from Kids’ Health


With Halloween just a few days away, the whole city is gearing up to enjoy one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year. That’s why we thought we would share some tips from Dr. Kate M. Conrad and Dr. Susan M. Kelly, two highly trained professionals over at KidsHealth, who’d like to help parents ensure that their children have an amazing time.

KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health. As part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

In their piece, you’ll be able to find plenty of tips and tricks to make this holiday a great bonding opportunity for the whole family. It’s activities like this that strengthen family ties and open the lines of communication between parents and children. Those benefits will become clear when they get older and start spending their Halloweens away from home.

Here are just a few examples of the helpful information you’ll find:

  • Kids shouldn’t wear masks — they can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger kids draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves. Test the face paint or makeup on your child’s arm or hand before applying to make sure the paint doesn’t irritate the skin.
  • Remove pumpkin guts safely. If your children beg to remove the guts of the pumpkin — as many kids do — don’t hand over a knife to do it. Instead, let your little ones get messy by scooping out pumpkin flesh with their hands or an ice cream scoop.
  • Offer a filling meal before your kids head out to trick-or-treat so they won’t scarf down too much of their haul.

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