Knox County Tennessee

Stay safe and healthy this Halloween

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Fall festivals and Halloween celebrations are the perfect opportunity to get outside and have some fun, but things like food allergies, dark nights and flu season can put a damper on the festivities. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe and healthy this season.

While trick or treating:

  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Give flashlights with fresh batteries to children and their escorts.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of them.
  • Young children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If they are mature enough to go without supervision, they should stay in well-lit, familiar areas and trick-or-treat in groups.

Enjoy the treats:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items, as well as choking hazards.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.
  • Offer healthy alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters like pretzels or fruit.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

This is a great way to include kids with food allergies in the festivities by providing non-food treats like stickers, bubbles, or glow-sticks. Simply place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to let people know you have non-food treats available. For more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

A Healthy Halloween? Say what?

And, just for fun, check out some of our favorite nutritionist-approved treats here.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween!

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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