Dr. Lipoff: Staying Safe for Halloween

Halloween is a great holiday. You can dress up, have some fun in costume and even make an excuse to buy your favorite candy for the house. So in case not a lot of kids come by you have a great treat for yourself. Well, and the family too.

When I was a kid we rode bikes without helmets, I left at 7am and came back only for dinner and it was a safer environment. Every Halloween, Mrs. Jones would make Carmel popcorn balls and wrap them in Reynolds Wrap and no one worried they were laced with drugs or poison. What is wrong with society these days? Why would you hurt kids? Very frustrating.

Let’s review some simple ideas to maybe improve your family’s Halloween and to keep it a safe and fun holiday for everyone else too.

• Make sure the costume allows your child to see properly and that it is not too long they could trip.

• Check for local areas that offer a safe environment for Trick or Treating, like the Wildewood Shopping Center on Halloween night from 5 – 7pm.

• Travel in groups.

• Visit neighborhoods you know.

• Walk, don’t run, from house to house.

• Go only to houses that are well-lit.

• There is no need to go inside a house for treats.

• Carry a flashlight, glow stick and/or a phone.

• Parents should walk with their kids or follow them through the neighborhood

• Plan a route and stick to it.

• Don’t cut through lawns or dark areas to get to the next house. Stay in well-lit areas.

• Never eat candy without parental inspection. Make sure it is store bought and has not been tampered with. Besides how else would you protect your children from those Reese’s Peanut Butter cups? Always eat some first.

• Don’t accept rides from strangers. Ever! Make sure your kids know exactly who is picking them up.

• Look before you cross streets or walk out from behind parked vehicles. There is increased traffic in terms of children and cars. Parents pay extra attention to the road.

• Be careful passing parked vehicles in case they are letting excited kids out.

• Parents who park could turn on their hazard lights if they are waiting.

• This is the toughest idea for some. DRIVE SLOW AND USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL.

• Please walk on driveways or sidewalks as you approach houses. People care for their lawns and gardens and there may be holes in the grass or objects that could make you fall and get hurt.

• Parents should set up lawn decorations away from possible access points and ensure electrical cords are not a tripping hazard.

• Determine if your kids are tricking or treating. Nothing ruins the night like having the phone ring after your kid gets caught throwing eggs or breaking a window. Pranks can be dangerous or damage property.

• If your teen is headed out with their friends, keep tabs on where they are going. We were all young and know peer pressure and temptation has a bad outcome.

• You can search your area for safe regions to go at these sites: or

• Don’t let your pets eat any candy, especially chocolate.

• Keep your pets inside as well. Some kids, and adults, have no respects for animals.
Halloween is a fun day for kids and some adults alike. Keep you little ghosts, goblins and super heroes safe. Let’s make it a day to remember and score some awesome treats. 

Wildewood Shopping Center is having their Wilde Halloween Night celebration from 5 – 7pm.

Dr. Jay M. Lipoff is the owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC, which is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. Dr. Lipoff is also the author of “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life With the Needs of Your Body.” It is available in book and Kindle format at Amazon.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1990, a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in 1994 and he became a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) in 2005.

Dr. Lipoff is an Executive Board Member, International Chiropractic Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science; has a radio segment: Back At Your Best in 5 Minutes or Less, President and Founder; Foundation 4 Heroes, Contributing writer, Huffington Post’ Co-Founder, Drug Free Training USA; Member, NY Strength-promoting the importance of physical conditioning; Board Member of Public Relations Committee, Maryland Chiropractic Association; has spoken on nationally broadcasted radio interviews, has articles in print and referenced in over 100 print papers, magazine and on websites, President, Wildewood Business Network-promoting better business relations and community outreach.

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