Halloween do’s and boos: How to keep your goblin out of the ER

Tips for your child to enjoy safe trick-or-treating

The most talked-about danger for trick-or-treaters is getting hit by a car. But most injuries on Halloween night involve falls.

The culprit: costumes.

“Each year thousands of kids spend Halloween night in emergency rooms — and many times it’s because of an issue with their costumes,” said Erika Janes, R.N., child safety advocate for Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness.

Ensure your child enjoys trick-or-treating by:

  • Making sure the costume fits well and doesn’t drag on the ground
  • Checking that wigs and beards don’t cover children’s eyes
  • Avoiding masks, which can limit vision. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. First test the face paint or makeup on your child’s arm or hand to make sure it doesn’t irritate the skin.
  • Avoiding oversized or high-heeled shoes

Making sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible