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Do Not Let Bacteria Crash Your Monster Mash!

Oct 1, 2014

The Peoria City/County Health Department offers these tips from our Environmental Health staff to ensure your Halloween gatherings stay ghoulishly fun and do not turn ghastly!

  • Foodborne bacteria will creep up on you if you let food sit out for too long.
    Don’t leave perishable goodies out for more than two hours at room temperature (or 1 hour in temperatures above 90°F).
  • Beware of spooky cider!
    Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as E.coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. Serve pasteurized products at your Halloween party.
  • Scare bacteria away by keeping all perishable foods chilled until serving time.
    Cold temperatures help keep most frightful bacteria from multiplying. To keep store-bought party trays cold, fill lids with ice and place trays on top. Similarly, keep salads and other perishable items cold by nesting small bowls of food in larger bowls of ice.
  • Go bobbing for apples, not bacteria!
    Bobbing for apples is a traditional Halloween activity, but it's also a potentially germ spreading activity. If you just can't give it up, follow these 3 rules:

           1) Rinse all apples and other raw fruits under cool, running water.

           2) Use a produce brush to remove surface dirt from apples.

           3) Ask ill guests to refrain from participating.

For more information on important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at

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