MASON CITY, Iowa – Seven-year-old Drayden Witt and his two brothers are getting excited about trick or treating. His mother Gala Witt says she spends a lot of time going through her kids candy.
“I toss away any wrappers, and I don’t let my kids eat homemade treats,” says Witt.
Like Witt, many parents check their child’s candy, but there are several other safety concerns people need to be aware of as well.
“People need to make sure their costumes fit appropriately,” says Delores Nelsen, the Treasurer of the Mason City Community Policing Advisory Board. “If they wear a longer-type costume, it needs to not cover their feet so they aren’t tripping and falling.”
Open flame candles and jack o’ lanterns are other hazards people should look out for.
Nelsen says while this holiday is meant for kids to have a good time, making sure they are safe while they are out comes first.