A child's costume should be the scariest part of his or her Halloween. So adults must balance the fun and safety.
“The excitement that comes with an evening of costumes and candy can make children forget what they need to do to stay safe,” said Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County health director.
When choosing a costume, consider how visible your child will be to drivers. Plan for an outfit that is bright, or make darker colors more noticeable by adding reflective tape.
“Wearing the right size is important in preventing trips and falls or accidental contact with a lighted jack-o'-lantern,” said Lisa Reichter, trauma nurse coordinator at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
“It's important that a costume fits properly. Have the child try it on before buying,” she said. Alter or adjust borrowed costumes and hand-me-downs as needed.
Wear shoes that fit and won't come off easily.
Before Halloween, talk to your little goblins about safety:
» Never trick-or-treat alone.
» Cross streets at corners and use crosswalks when available. Look two or three times before crossing.
» Walk, never run, and use sidewalks and paths. Do not walk in the street.
» Visit well-lighted houses only.
» Never enter the home of a stranger.
» Avoid candles or luminarias.
» Wear flame-resistant costumes, wigs and accessories.
» Carry a flashlight or a glow stick to increase visibility.
» Use Halloween to promote healthy activities. Walking around the neighborhood provides good exercise for children and parents alike. Consider handing out packets of raisins, trail mix or pretzels, or give nonfood treats such as small toys, pencils or other school supplies.
» Check all treats before letting your children consume them. Throw away anything that is unwrapped, spoiled or seems suspicious. Remove items that are not age appropriate and could be a choking hazard for young children.