MASON CITY, Iowa – With Halloween right around the corner, families will be filling the streets to trick or treat. I spoke to a local health professional who has some alternatives other than candy to give out.
“There are some great things out there now, there’s little toys like spider rings and things like that that go with the holiday theme, and temporary tattoos is a great one people are using now,’ says Dr. Chereen Stroup, Family Practice at Regency Clinic.
Family Practice Doctor Chereen Stroup at Mercy Regency Clinic says this is the time of year where kids who suffer from allergies will be affected the most.
“Milk allergies, nuts and eggs is another common one so if you’re going to make treats for your family and friends those are the common things that you want to avoid,’ says Stroup.
And it’s not just allergies. Law enforcement officials say while they don’t see it too often – other dangerous items could be lurking in your child’s bag.
“If you find anything suspicious in the candy from the treats that are given out, you should call law enforcement and we’ll check it out. Obviously, we’re looking for a great safe Halloween like we’ve had in the past several years, but you just never know,” says Sheriff Kevin Pals, Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Department.
When it comes to safety outside the treat bag, Sheriff Pals says pay special attention to your child’s costume.
“Have costumes that fit the child, they’re easy to see, we like them to take their mask off while they’re walking because of the vision issues.”
Law enforcement will be beefing up patrol to ensure the kids are safe during Halloween.