Children's Medical Center Provides Safety Tips During Halloween Season

October 30, 2012

Children’s Medical Center’s (www.childrens.com) Injury Prevention Service wants to help parents keep children safe this spooky season.

“Halloween can be a fun but also dangerous time of the year for many children,” said Kristen Beckworth, Children’s Injury Prevention Service coordinator. “Children are four times more likely to be injured or killed while walking on Halloween than any other time of the year. We work to prevent pedestrian injuries throughout the year, but especially during Halloween – we want children to be safe and to be seen.”

Here are safety tips to keep those little goblins and ghosts safe:

Watch for cars while trick-or-treating

Motor-pedestrian accidents are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. To avoid them:

  • Teach children appropriate crossing locations (the crosswalk or at a corner).

  • Never cross in the middle of the street.

  • Children should learn how to properly cross the street (look left, right, then left again before crossing).

Keep your eyes on the sky 

  • Dusk is the most dangerous time of the evening to trick-or-treat, because there's little contrast in the sky. Drivers may not have turned on their lights, and street lights have not yet come on.

Keep costumes comfy and safe

  • Make sure your child's costume is the right size. Costumes should be snug and comfortable. If they are too baggy, kids may trip and fall, or loose material may catch fire on jack-o-lanterns or candles.

  • Children should wear costumes/clothing that can easily be seen in the dark (such as reflective clothing).

  • Use age-appropriate props with costumes so children don’t injure themselves or others.

  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit. If the shoes are part of the costume, make sure they will not be a tripping hazard as your child is walking.

  • Eyeholes in a mask should be large enough for your child to see clearly.

  • When using face paint, make sure it is non-flammable.

Additional trick-or-treating safety tips:

  • Do trick-or-treat in groups with an adequate adult-to-child ratio.

  • Do keep a consistent head count.

  • Don't let children younger than 12 trick-or-treat without an adult.

  • Do inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.

  • Do use safe pedestrian behaviors.

  • Don’t let your children become too lax in dealing with strangers.

  • Don’t transport groups of children in the back of a pick-up truck. This is against the law.

About Children’s Medical Center

The not-for-profit Children's Medical Center is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.