Top Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates will be taking to the streets soon to get their fill of tricks-or-treats.
But before Halloween rolls around, picking the perfect costume is on many parent’s to-do lists.
Halloween frights should be fun, but every year dozens of kids take trips to the hospital.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the top three reasons kids are taken to the hospital on Halloween is because they were hit by a car, they have an eye injury or a burn from a flammable costume.
There are some easy ways you can save your family the scary trip to the emergency room this Halloween.
“We have everything from the mask the makeup the accessories the shoes the hats,” Goodwill team leader Sue Jensen said.
Jensen says the costume aisles have been getting busier by the day with adults and kids searching for the perfect pick this year.
“Kids are tricky because they want to be their favorite TV show or movie character so we see a lot of superheroes that they want to be,” she said.
But as kids and parents take to the costume aisle there are some things to be on the lookout for
“You want to get a costume that isn't too big so it’s not dragging on the ground because you don't want your child tripping while they are out excited and trick or treating in your neighborhood,” WEAU health correspondent Alicia Arnold said.
Dr. Arnold says while it’s important to get the right size costume for your child, it’s important to keep costume accessories in mind too when shopping.
“Make sure anything they are carrying like a toy sword or a cane is short so they won’t trip and they aren't injuring themselves,” Arnold added.
Dr. Arnold says if your child does decide to wear a mask for their costume, make sure they can see all around them so that doesn’t become a tripping hazard too.
“Another option you might consider is face paints, kids really like them,” Arnold said.
Dr. Arnold also suggests parents put reflective tape or items like glow sticks on children to make them more visible to parents and other cars. She also recommends parents take a look at all of the kid’s candy before they eat it.