Did you know twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year? That’s a frightening statistic!

I have a 4-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son. My daughter decided she and her brother should go trick-or-treating as Thing One and Thing Two from the children’s book “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. So, I set out on my search, not only for their costumes, but also for a few items to keep them safe while trick-or-treating.

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing One and Thing Two costumes.

Most costumes don’t have reflective material on them, so I found some reflective tape to put on their costumes at the hardware store and fabric store. I also picked up some glow bracelets. Not only does my daughter think they’re cool, but they help others see her as well. It’s important that she, too, can see. So instead of wearing a mask, which can be difficult to see out of, we’re using face paints.

Throughout October, I encourage you to follow Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Facebook and Twitter. Every day this month we are sharing a valuable tip focused on keeping Halloween safe for children. If you have never visited us on Facebook or Twitter, now is a great time to get connected.

I’m going to make sure I keep my Thing One and Thing Two safe this Halloween, and I hope you do, too!

~ Libbe Slavin, coordinator, Safe Kids Wisconsin Coalition

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