Children's Hospital and Medical Center in conjunction with the Douglas County Health Department has compiled a series of safety tips for Halloween.
- Choose a costume that will be visible to passing drivers as darkness falls. The outfit should be bright or reflective tape should be added for darker colors. The outfit should also fit properly to prevent trips and falls.
Shoes that fit are also important, adds Reichter, along with flame resistant fabrics, wigs and accessories.
- Never let children trick or treat alone, and before Halloween night, talk to them about safety:
- Cross streets at corners and use crosswalks when available.
- Look twice and look again before crossing.
- Walk, never run, and use sidewalks and paths. Do not walk in the street.
- Only visit well-lit houses and never enter the home of a stranger.
- Avoid candles or luminaries and wear flame-resistant costumes.
- Carry a flashlight or a glow stick to increase visibility.
Halloween provides an opportunity for healthy activities. Walking around the neighborhood provides good exercise for children and parents alike.
Ideas for alternative treats include: apples, bananas, raisins, trail mix or pretzels. Non-food treats, including small toys, pencils or other school supplies are another popular option.
It’s also good for families to wrap up the night with a thorough check of treats. Remove candy, foods or toys with small pieces that are not age appropriate and could be a choking hazard for young children.
Additionally, parents should closely examine all items and throw away anything that is unwrapped, spoiled or appears suspicious.