Health and Family Services Cabinet
Be Safe When Trick-or-Treating
Halloween is a long-standing tradition in Kentucky that gives children the chance to have fun and collect good treats to eat.
Typically, the treats children receive are safe and add to the enjoyment of the holiday. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) wishes to provide parents and children some general guidelines to ensure this Halloween is as safe as possible for our children.
“We want all children to have a happy and safe Halloween,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “The best way to ensure this is to use sound judgment when trick-or-treating. Stick to homes and businesses that are familiar and be sure to follow our food safety guidelines from the Department for Public Health.”
Follow these guidelines to help children to enjoy a safe Halloween:
· Don’t take candy or treats from people you do not know.
· Only eat candy that has been made commercially and wrapped.
· Do not eat candy, if the outer wrapper has been noticeably altered.
· Homemade treats should not be eaten unless you know and trust the person who made them.
· Do not eat any candy or food that is unwrapped or appears to be soiled.
· Always wash your hands before eating any foods.
· After handling any unclean food products, wash your hands thoroughly.
· Be conscious of choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as treats to small children.
· A good general rule to follow is: If in doubt, toss it out.
“Every year Kentucky’s children look forward to going trick-or-treating,” said Christine Atkinson, manager of the cabinet’s Food Safety Branch. “While it’s fun for children to dress up and gather treats and candy, we just want to provide some general food safety guidelines that should be remembered when collecting and eating the food.”