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Halloween Advisory - Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating is a time-honored Halloween tradition for many families. For those that celebrate, it can be fun to plan and wear a costume, to go door-to-door in a local neighborhood, and ask for treats. We encourage those of you participating to review some basic reminders to ensure the safety of your children and your neighbors. (Many of these tips came from the American Academy of Pediatrics)

General Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

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Teal Pumpkin Project® LogoAbout the Teal Pumpkin Project®

You may see teal-colored pumpkins around town. This lets trick-or-treaters know that a house is offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. Learn more:




Acceptance and Kindness

Parents please be considerate when handing out candy, as some of the children who come to your door may have special needs.

  • The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills.
  • The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may have poor motor planning skills.
  • The child who does not say ‘trick-or-treat’ or ‘thank you’ may be non-verbal.
  • The child who looks disappointed when he/she sees your bowl, may have an allergy or diabetes.
  • The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all may have sensory issues or autism.


Awareness About Marijuana Edibles

As various forms of marijuana edibles become more accessible and prevalent, it’s important to be aware of potential risks to children from marijuana edibles. Marijuana edibles contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects.


Marijuana edibles, such as Gummi Bears and other edibles made to look like candy, pose a serious risk for two major reasons: first, it often looks like hard candy/gummy candy/chocolate and can be easily mistaken for regular candy, and second, marijuana edibles are made with highly concentrated marijuana oil or extract, making the THC level in these candies considerably higher than that found in marijuana cigarettes.


Sometimes marijuana candy looks so much like brand-name candy it can be difficult to tell the difference, and sometimes the candy is packaged in wrappers similar to familiar brand names, so look closely.


Parents should call the Framingham Police Department at 508-872-1212 (or, in an emergency dial 911) if they find what they believe to be a marijuana edible, marijuana candy, or anything else that is concerning in their child's Halloween bag.  Parents should handle it with gloves and wash their hands and their child's hands after removing it as a precaution.


Marijuana Edibles - Halloween

More information and the photo can be seen here.


We hope those of you that celebrate have a fun and safe Halloween.



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