October is finally here and Halloween is right around the corner. Black cats, pumpkins, and ghosts can be seen in front of houses, and children are already talking about what they will dress up as this year. On October 31, the Poughkeepsie Galleria will have their annual Mall-O-Ween Trick or Treat, which gives everyone the chance to show off his or her costume!
Every year, hundreds of children across the country hurt their feet and ankles due to tripping and falling while trick or treating. If your child is the outdoorsy type and you are going trick or treating in one of our local neighborhoods of Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, or Beacon, here are some easy steps to ensure fun while putting safety first:
- Parents should plan the trick or treating route ahead of time. Check it for hidden obstacles like steps, breaks or cracks in the sidewalk, or elevated tree roots.
- Be visible! Make sure your child wears light up shoes or glow bracelets.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Although the princess heels or loose boots that came with the costume are cute, save them for a Halloween party when they won’t be doing so much walking.
- Avoid costumes that drag on the ground to prevent tripping.
- Always walk! NO RUNNING!
- Always use the sidewalk. Never cut across a lawn or driveway because there could be unseen objects you can trip on.
- Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are walking.
Dr. Schlam and all of us at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists want to wish you a safe and fun filled Halloween. Even if you follow all of the rules, sometimes that accident can’t be avoided. If you get “tricked” into falling and get hurt, come visit us and we will “treat” your feet!
By David Schlam