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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.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages: Enjoy a spooky and steady Halloween!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.

For more tips to help you or a loved one prevent falls, visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.

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