Keeping children safe at Halloween

The Department of Environmental Health has issued a “spook alert” for parents to closely supervise and monitor their children during Halloween.

Halloween, celebrated Oct. 31, is becoming more popular every year, with an increasing number of little goblins, witches and ghouls taking to the streets and public areas of the Cayman Islands to trick or treat.

The Department of Environmental Health cautions parents to ensure that children wait until they get home to eat the food items they collect, to give adults time to inspect the treats.

The department advises giving children a snack or light meal before they set out trick or treating to help restrain any impulse to eat the chocolates and candies before returning home. It also advises to discard any homemade items that kids bring home, and to remove any choking hazard, such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys, during treat inspections.

Parents are also advised to inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering by looking for unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or torn wrappers. Discard anything that appears suspicious.

If children collect fresh fruit, parents should check it thoroughly for holes and other blemishes, however small, and cut the fruit open before allowing children to eat it.

“If in doubt, throw it out,” is the mantra for keeping children safe from food items that may have been tampered with or that look suspicious.