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Halloween safety on the Southside

Posted by Mission del Lago on Oct 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Kids in San Antonio look forward to Halloween all year so they can dress up in costume and collect as much candy as possible. Statistics from the National Retail Federation show that “more than 157 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year” with total spending exceeding $6.9 billion! But before you let your children go trick-or-treating, there are a few important safety measures to follow for a fun, safe, and sweet Halloween on the Southside:

  • Cross the street at corners, crosswalks, or where a streetlight is present, and look both ways before entering the street
  • Don’t dart out from behind parked cars
  • Stick to well-lit areas
  • Stay away from houses that don’t have any lights on—the owners are probably not home anyway
  • Stay with a parent or a group
  • Carry a cell phone and “Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.”
  • Never cut across someone’s yards. You may trip over outdoor décor.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has put together a helpful list of Halloween safety tips that are important when trick-or-treaters are visiting homes in South San Antonio on Halloween:

When choosing a costume:

  • Opt for one that is bright and reflective
  • Wear well-fitting shoes and make sure the costume isn’t too long or it could be a tripping hazard
  • “Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.”
  • Be careful with masks and hats that can create vision issues
  • “When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.”
  • Bring a flashlight or glow sticks to light the way where needed and help others see you
  • “If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.”
  • Don’t put anything like decorative lenses in the eyes without a doctor’s approval
  • Halloween makeup can trigger allergies. Try to buy makeup that is “formaldehyde-free” and test makeup ahead of time on a small area like the back of the hand to ensure it’s safe to use. 

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