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Children will soon dress up in costumes and take to Central Texas neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, but before they go, ADC doctors recommend taking a few simple steps to make sure everyone stays safe.
We asked Dr. Linda Lopez, ADC Circle C pediatrician, what tips she shares with her patients and their parents as they prepare for Halloween night trick-or-treating.
Try to avoid long or ill-fitting costumes that kids could trip on and masks that impede vision or movement.
Makeup is a good alternative to masks, but not all Halloween costume makeup is safe. If your trick-or-treater wears any makeup – test a small spot first on his or her skin – not the face — to make sure they’re not allergic to it.
Some people like using special contact lenses to change their eyes and enhance their costumes. However, The American Academy of Ophthalmology does not recommend cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription. Cosmetic contact lenses sold over the counter can lead to cornea scratches, infections, permanent vision damage and even blindness.
Takeaway costume safety tips:
1. Wear costumes that fit well and don’t block vision
2. Test makeup for allergies
3. Avoid costume contact lenses
It’s usually dusk or already dark outside when it’s time to head out for trick-or-treating, so the most important thing you should do is make sure cars can see your children.
Go in large groups and watch for cars when walking around a neighborhood or crossing the street. If your child has a dark costume, make sure to place reflective tape on the back or sleeves so your child is more visible. Children may also carry flashlights and glow sticks.
Elementary school kids should always be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick or treating.
Takeaway trick-or-treating tips
1. Go in large groups along well-lit routes
2. Watch for cars
3. Wear reflective tape, carry flashlights or glow sticks
Before your let your kids dig into all that Halloween candy, make sure you check it out. Allow your child to only eat candy that’s been unopened and is still in its original wrapper. If you walked away with fruit or homemade treats, make sure you inspect it for anything suspicious. And once you give the green light, you might want to remind your kids about moderation.