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Ghouls and goblins of all ages: Enjoy a spooky and steady Halloween! Don't let "trick-or-treat" become "trip-for-treats"
Oct. 24, 2016
Halloween has become one of the year's most popular holidays for Ohioans of all ages. Whether they are taking the grand-ghouls trick-or-treating or dressing up themselves and sharing a frightful festival with friends, many older Ohioans love to celebrate Halloween as much or more as young kids and parents. STEADY U Ohio, the state's comprehensive older adult falls prevention initiative, once again reminds Ohioans to have a scary good time this Halloween without the scary slipping and tripping that can lead to a frightening fall.
Don't let "trick-or-treat" become "trip-for-treats."
Eat a balanced, nutritious meal before heading out to parties or trick-or-treating to make sure you have plenty of energy.
Keep sweet treats to a minimum to avoid high or low blood sugar levels, which can cause dizziness.
Carry a flashlight and watch for uneven sidewalks, curbs, debris and other tripping hazards.
Dress for Success
Choose a costume that fits well: Too loose, it can cause you to trip; too tight, it can limit your movement.
Avoid long gowns, robes, capes, accessories and props that can snag on objects or get tangled up with your feet.
Avoid masks that limit your peripheral vision and could cause you to miss tripping hazards. Use make-up instead.
Fabulous footwear might complete your costume, but sensible shoes will be less likely to send you tumbling.
Haunt the Halls
If you decorate your yard or home for visitors, make sure walkways are free of cords and debris and decorations are far enough away that visitors can't trip on them.
Battery-powered luminaries and mini-lights can provide extra lighting at foot level without spoiling spooky effects.
If you're going for that "big scare," make sure the area is level and clear of objects to prevent falls when people react.
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