Safety tips for Halloween

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - While many little ghouls and goblins will be out this weekend looking for the best treats around, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center is offering tips on how to keep your children safe on Halloween.

Before Halloween

  • Do not allow children to carve pumpkins with sharp objects.  Allow them to use markers, stickers and paint to decorate instead.
  • Parents should go over basic street safety with children.  Ex. Looking both ways, using crosswalks and walking instead of running.
  • Review "Stranger Danger" with your children.
  • Opt for healthier treats such as pretzels, which can be purchased in Halloween size individual packs.

Halloween Night

  • Provide a bright, lightly colored costume for your child so they can be seen easily.  If necessary, place reflective tape on the front and back of the costume.
  • Costumes should be flame retardant.
  • Use makeup instead of masks.  Masks can obstruct a child's vision.
  • Shoes should fit comfortably.
  • Adults should always accompany trick or treaters.
  • Children should have flashlights.
  • Do not allow children to eat the candy they've collected until it has been checked by an adult.
  • Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks if available.

NHRMC's Trauma Services and Kohl's Department store are co-sponsoring a "not so scary" Halloween event on October 29th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the Kohl's parking lot.

Halloween bags and safety items will be passed out during the event.