The festival of witches, or Halloween, is an annual event of great joy for children and their families. But the necessary measures must also be taken to make this celebration safe.
“Many unfortunate events occur on Halloween. In fact, Halloween spends more than twice as many pedestrian children compared to any other day of the year, reports the Children’s Safety Network. That is why it is important that all families take the necessary precautions before going out to trick or treat, “warns Dr. Milagros Martín, director of the Pediatric Medical Emergencies Program of the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM) of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR).
Precisely, in order to reduce the chances of tragedies, Martin points out that during the festival, parents are advised to talk with their children about the security measures they should follow as a family. In addition, he emphasizes that “it is also important to explain to children and adolescents that they should never enter the home or strangers’ cars, for any reason.”
When choosing a costume, it is recommended that it be comfortable, soft, not too long, with bright colors, shiny materials and comfortable shoes. Flammable costumes, masks that limit vision, irritating makeup, and pointed or sharp objects should also be avoided.
The expert also explains the importance of inspecting sweets as soon as they arrive at home and before consuming them. Likewise, he recommends throwing away all open sweets or with manipulated labels and not eating sweets made in the homes of strangers. “Should an unexpected event occur or see a suspect, we must notify the Police immediately. In case of poisoning, it is vital to immediately call 1 800 222-1222. And for any emergency, we must contact 911 quickly. It is important to have this information at hand in case of any eventuality, “recommends Dr. Martín, while offering the following recommendations:
-Make sure that your child’s costume is not flammable, that it is your size, does not drag on the floor to prevent falls, and be bright colors.
– If you are going to wear a mask, you should have large holes in your eyes and mouth so that it does not impede visibility or breathing, respectively.
– Disguise accessories such as swords, knives or other sharp objects should be made of a soft material.
– An adult must accompany children under 12 at all times. Children over 13 years old can go in a group by family areas and with an established time of return.
– Remember to explain to children that they should not enter homes or ride in cars of strangers.
– Take the opportunity to practice pedestrian safety measures together with your child. Among them, stay on the sidewalk, use the pedestrian crossing, look both ways before crossing and avoid running.
– Remember to check the sweets collected by your children before they are swallowed and eliminate all unwrapped or suspicious sweet.
– Apply reflective tape on arms and legs so that the child is visible to drivers.
– Take a flashlight to illuminate the road during the night.
– Call 9-1-1 if an unexpected event or emergency occurs.…
Do you already know what you are going to disguise on the darkest night of the year? Halloween is just around the corner , but as with every popular party it is difficult to know how to measure yourself and enjoy the party while being sustainable and without spending a lot of money.
Today we put our batteries a few weeks before the party to help you celebrate in the most ‘eco’ and sustainable way possible.What do you say? Do you add to a sustainable halloween?
1. Reuse materials
The creativity to turn an old cube into a decorative element is a gift that many of us lack. Luckily we have internet and hundreds of tutorials ‘do it yourself’ (something like ‘do it yourself’, in English) to give us ideas. From making small ghost lamps with containers of crayons or hanging bats with recycled paper
Also when preparing a terrifying costume it is possible to reuse costumes from previous years and make them new with little effort and with things that we have at home.
2. Do you have a party?
It’s really cool to organize a party sometimes like this.Halloween is another excuse to get together with friends and family and have fun. If your thing is to invite enough people and with a couple of calls, sending invitations is the best option. But how to do it in a sustainable way?
Do not print the invitations on paper, prepare some digital invitations and send them by email, whatsapp, facebook, … by digital means you prefer! On the one hand you will save money, you will save paper and you will be more sustainable with the environment. You can also take advantage of the possibilities of digital formats. You can record a terrifying video, make an animated invitation, etc. The options are varied and more striking than on paper.
3. Lighting, key to a dark night
When we talk about horror movies, terrifying parties or simply to put on a party, lighting is key. In the case of Halloween the penumbra will give a special touch to a dark night. How to get it without investing in new lamps?
If you have those LEDS luminaires that are dimmable or that change color, you can make the most of it at times like these. If your LED bulbs are normal and do not change the intensity or tone of color we will have to look for some ingenious idea.
You can cover the lamps with colored fabrics. Orange pumpkin?White as a ghost? Bloody red? If you also decorate the fabrics and draw motifs of this party (pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, …) with markers for clothes, you will give a unique touch.
4. The eco-deserving
Or eco-dinner , or eco-piscolabis . It is likely that if you are going to give a party at home for this Halloween, prepare something to eat and drink for attendees. One of the first recommendations to try to be as sustainable as possible is not to use plates, glasses, etc. to use and throw . They are expensive to give them a single use, and finally it is a waste that if we do not recycle it will end up in our environment and it will take centuries to degrade. Bad idea!
You may be a little afraid of betting to put glass cups or good dishes. In any case, it is not what we are saying, because if children go to the party it is very possible that they end up breaking, and again, in the trash. Plates and plastic cups but to use on many occasions is a good choice. And the good thing is that you can customize it for each theme party that you give.
And if it can be, serve your guests local and seasonal productsto be even more sustainable , also when making the purchase.
5. Goodbye, Halloween. Hello, recycling!
How have you been? Scary, that’s for sure! But now it’s time to return to the routine, and what to do with all that decoration? I throw it? Do I keep it?
You can save many decorative elements for other years, but there will be things that you can not reuse. In these cases make sure to separate each material well and recycle it in the right place . And if there is something that you can continue using in your day to day, the better.…