Halloween Safety Tips:
The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends certain safety tips to avoid injury while planning your Halloween activities and choosing costumes for your children. According to the National SAFEKIDS Campaign, children are four times more likely to die as pedestrians on Halloween night than any other night of the year. There is also an increase in burns and falls during Halloween activities. To avoid falls from cumbersome costumes, dangerous treats and risky activity on Halloween night the Alabama Department of Public Health recommends parents and children follow these safety tips:
•Avoid masks. Instead, apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face. This is safer than a loose-fitting mask that can obstruct a child’s vision. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely. Cut the eye holes large enough for full vision.
•Give trick-or-treaters flashlights.
•Make costumes short enough to avoid tripping.
•Secure hats so they will not slip over children’s eyes.
•Dress children in shoes that fit. Adult shoes are not safe for trick-or-treaters. The larger size makes it easier for them to trip and fall. Allow children to carry only flexible knives, swords or other props. Anything they carry could injure them if they fall.
•Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape and stickers or use costumes that are light or bright enough to make children more visible at night.
•Look for flame-resistant labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs. Also, avoid costumes made of flimsy material and outfits with big, baggy, sleeves or billowing skirts which can come in contact with an exposed flame such as a candle.
•Parents should warn children to bring their treats home before eating them so that they can ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed.
•Inspect fruit surfaces closely for punctures or holes, wash fruit thoroughly and cut each piece open before allowing a child to eat it. Throw away any suspicious fruits, candy, toys, novelty items or items small enough to present a choking hazard.
•Teach children to walk, not run, while trick-or-treating. Darting out into the street is one of the most common causes of pedestrian death among children.
•Remind children to stop at all street corners before crossing. Tell them to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks. Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross.
•Warn children to only go to houses or apartments where they know the residents. Accompany children under the age 12 on their trick-or-treat rounds.
•If possible, parents should provide unattended children over the age of 12 with cell phones for emergencies. Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along a pre-established route.
•Instruct children never to enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.
•Set a time for children to return home.
•Restrict trick-or-treating visits to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated.
•Teach children not to cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clotheslines are “hidden hazards” in the dark. Tell your children to stay on the sidewalk at all times.
97-5 WABD’s annual Boo Ball
Friday Oct. 31st at Xcite Ultra Lounge downtown Mobile. $2,000 in cash & prizes will be up for grabs in costume contests. Tickets are available now at Xcite, Ollie’s Midtown, Ollie’s on Hillcrest, and Hungry Howie’s on Old Shell Road. Boo Ball is an 21-plus party. Doors open at 9 p.m.
92ZEW and Soul Kitchen present Halloween with ATO recording artist Benjamin Booker for a free show. Costume contests and more. 8-11 p.m.
Alabama Music Box Zombie Ball
4th annual Alabama Music Box Zombie Ball at the Alchemy Tavern. Featuring music from Beamin and Timmy, the Shitfits and Zombie Ramones. Cash prizes will be awarded to the zombie prom queen and king and a costume contest. There will also be a walk-through haunted house and photo booth. 9 p.m. until.
House of Horrors
A 45-minute tour through a 45,000-square-foot building. $15 for the House of Horrors, $15 for the X-Maze or $25 for both. Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. 3250 Airport Blvd. in the Springdale Mall behind Burlington Coat Factory. Lines form at 6 p.m. Open until midnight. For more information visit www.houseofhorrorsmobile.com.
Magnolia Corn Maze
Located in Summerdale in Baldwin County, the Magnolia Corn Maze features bazooka ball, campfire sites, a large flower garden, zombie paintball and the immense corn maze. Open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 plus tax for the maze, hayride and three activities. Unlimited activities cost $15. For unlimited activities and a game of bazooka ball, the cost is $20. Children under 2 are admitted free. For more information visit www.magnoliacornmaze.com or call 251-605-7216.
Christ the King Parish’s Haunted Forest is a 20-minute terror tour at 505 Main St. in Daphne. Coast is $12 at the door. 7:30 p.m. until midnight Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Other activities available. For more information visit www.hauntedforestal.com or call 251-656-0660.
Nightmare Chambers is an extreme experience. It is not recommended for the young or those easily frightened. It is designed to evoke your worst nightmares or terrors and get you out of your comfort zone. We will do our best to startle you, make you nervous and terrify you. Open at 7 p.m. until the last person exits through Nov. 1. $15 per person. 760 Middle St., Fairhope.. For more information visit www.nightmarechambers.net.
Terror on the Gulf
The Hangout’s haunted house includes Cabin Fear with two haunted trails. All ages are invited. There will also be music on the Mermaid Stage each night. 7-10 p.m. through Oct. 31 at the terminus of State Highway 59 in Gulf Shores. $7 for adults or $5 for children. For more information call 251-654-5285 or visit www.hangoutal.com.
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