October 31st is fun for every age, costume or not. Since many little feet will be crossing the street in search of sweets, here are some good reminders of what to watch out for (besides monsters, of course).
Cruising your neighborhood with costumed children in search of a sugar high sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday night, right?! It’s hard not to smile at some of the crafty combinations parents and kids come up with for costumes, and the excitement those tikes have running door-to-door filling their plastic pumpkin.
This will be our first Halloween trick-or-treating with our toddler. Vivienne is 21 months old and will no doubt love seeing the other pint-size ghouls, goblins and Frozen characters on our street. While she is a very good walker, who often prefers to run, we are going to play it safe this holiday and keep her close to us.
As a former news reporter, I learned firsthand safety goes beyond looking both ways before crossing the street, so I looked up some helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers trick-or-treaters
- Shorten costumes so kids aren’t tripping on them
- Test makeup on a small area and removing it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation
- Carry short, soft, flexible accessories (like knives and swords for those dastardly pirates)
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats, nothing homemade by strangers
- Enter only well-lit homes with a trusted adult
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries
- Make sure costumes are flame-resistant
I know our emergency departments see all kinds of cases. Dr. Joseph Kim with Methodist Urgent Care in The Colony says the most common injuries on Halloween are ankle and wrist sprains from poorly-fitted costumes, eye injuries from fake weapons, cuts and bruises, and burns from costumes that catch fire. Of course kids are going to gorge on candy which will likely cause a stomach ache, but that sugar rush can be deadly for kids with juvenile diabetes, so try to keep the sweet intake to a minimum.
Many parents forget the sun sets earlier now and leave the trusty flashlight at home. We want you to be prepared, so Methodist is giving away free flashlights to everyone who registers here.
It’s hard to believe it’s already October which means we need to find Miss Vivi’s perfect costume ASAP and stock up on healthy treats to give away!
Calvert Collins-Bratton is the Public Relations Manager at Methodist Health System. She spent ten years as a news reporter working in Omaha, Las Vegas and Dallas-Fort Worth at FOX 4. When not working, she and her husband Vince love taking Vivienne to neighborhood parks, the Dallas Arboretum, White Rock Lake, and to visit her family nearby.