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Halloween 2020 - Stay safe; stay spooky

Is your child all dressed up with nowhere to go this Halloween?

No worries, there are many ways you and your little ones can celebrate the festivities of Halloween this year without stepping out of the house. Some of our favorite Halloween activities include carving pumpkins, crafting, and watching classic Halloween films. However, whether you plan on snuggling up to watch a movie or decide to venture the streets of Bayside safely, your child’s well being is our first priority. Here are a few tips for this spooky season’s greetings from us and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  1. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  2. Celebrate with a movie night and dress as your favorite characters. Do this as a family at home or consider letting your child watch with their friends while video chatting, with everyone starting the movie at the same time.
  3. Check outdoor lighting, replace any burnt out bulbs and sweep porches of any wet leaves.
  4. Make sure your child is only accepting store bought, wrapped candy. No baked goods.
  5. Avoid large groups. Avoid direct contact with individuals handing out treats.
  6. Advise your child to wear a costume that is bright and reflective (Don’t forget to accompany it with a mask!)

We hope you all have a wonderful, safe and spooky Halloween!

Marcella Arcabascio, BSN, RN Marcella is a nurse manager at MD1CARE Gold Pediatrics. She grew up in Bayside, NY and completed her nursing studies at Adelphi University. She has been involved in various Queens-based community organizations for the past several years. Her passion to get involved in bettering people's lives led her into a career in healthcare. Outside of her nursing profession, she loves to read, listen to music, and teaches/ practices martial arts (JKD and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).

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