Boo Safely: Tips to Avoid Scary Boo Boos
Whether you like to create your own imaginative costumes or choose a favorite character from the costume shop, dressing up for Halloween is part of the annual fun.
Besides taking the kids out around the neighborhood or to a school or church sponsored party, here are some family-friendly Halloween events in North Texas to show off your spookiest and kookiest looks:
- Halloween Nights at The Dallas Zoo – Oct. 22 – Oct. 25, 5 PM – 8 PM Visit www.dallaszoo.com for ticket information.
- Boo at the Fort Worth Zoo – Oct. 24 – Oct. 26 – 10 AM – 5 PM. Visit www.fortworthzoo.org for details.
- Scare on the Square at Historic Downtown McKinney – Oct. 30, 4 PM – 7 PM. Free, visit www.mckinneytexas.org for information.
- Medical City Alliance’s Spooktacular Celebration – Oct. 31 10 AM – 2 PM. Free family fun, music, food, games, scavenger hunt and more! Visit www.medicalcenteralliance.com/halloween for details.
- Tank & Treat at the Dallas Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park – Oct. 31, 10 AM. Visit www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com for ticket information.
- Halloween Organ Spooktackular at the Meyerson – Oct. 31, 11 AM – Noon. Visit www.mydso.com for ticket information.
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips
Whatever your favorite Halloween haunt, everyone can trick-or-treat more safely by following these tips:
- Make sure costumes and accessories are made of soft, flexible materials and are above ankle length to avoid trips and falls.
- Choose costumes or materials that are flame-resistant.
- Always test makeup on a small area of skin first, and remove makeup before bedtime to avoid possible irritation.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses to lower the risk of eye infection or injury.
- Be sure masks fit properly and do not block vision or impede breathing.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and walk with a flashlight so that drivers and others can see trick-or-treaters.
- Never let children trick-or-treat alone. Always approach doors in groups or with a trusted adult. • Insist children walk on sidewalks, and never run between homes.
- Only visit well-lit houses and never enter a home or accept a ride without a trusted adult. • Before eating treats, check everything for signs of tampering. Do not consume homemade treats unless you know and trust who made them.
Halloween Fair Tips
Parties or fairs hosted by schools, churches, and social organizations provide safe environments for trick-or-treaters. Still there are always potential dangers. Follow these tips to keep everyone safer:
- Watch for trip and fall hazards like covered power cords and do not let children run around booths and concessions.
- Be sure games and activities are age appropriate for your child to avoid unintentional injuries.
- Watch children closely if there is an inflatable amusement on site. To avoid collision injuries that can result in bruises, sprains, and broken limbs, be sure only a few children of the same approximate size and weight are allowed on the amusement at the same time.
Planning a Party with Dry Ice? Use Caution!
Dr. Khang Tran, chief medical officer at Medical City Plano, discusses the dangers of dry ice commonly used during the Halloween holiday.
Of course, it’s good to know that if someone does take a scary fall or develops a sudden severe stomachache, there are Medical City Healthcare emergency rooms nearby, with our newest location Medical City ER in Preston Center opening at the end of October. Before you go, bookmark FastERTX.com to quickly locate the HCA ER nearest you. Average wait times are posted online, so you can spend less time waiting to get the care you need.
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