Halloween Food Safety Tips

Food - Fact Sheet - Halloween PkHalloween is a fun time for children as they go trick or treating in their costumes. However, some candy treats can quickly spoil the fun. The DuPage County Health Department offers the following food safety tips to help you have a safe Halloween.

Parents should warn their children not to eat any of their treats before they have inspected all candy to assure that it is safely sealed and has not been tampered with. Parents should be especially careful with fruit. Wash fruit and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it.

Parents should also examine any toy or novelty items received as treats in lieu of candy. Do not allow young children to have any toy or novelty items which are small enough to present a choking hazard or which have small parts or components that could separate during use and present a choking hazard.

Food - Fact Sheet - Halloween CandyThe following treats should be discarded:

  • All unwrapped or partially unwrapped treats.
  • Any food that looks homemade.
  • Any treats that appear to be stale or spoiled.
  • Packages that have puncture holes.

Contact your local police department if any candy is found to be tampered with.