Health officials offer tips for parents on Halloween night safety

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 went to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to find out the top mistakes parents make when it comes to Halloween.

One piece of advice for parents was to put your phone down while you’re out trick-or-treating. That way you’re completely engaged in what your little monsters are doing.

“We need to put down the phone and really be in tune to them,” said Emily Riley with the Injury Prevention Program.

“We can also be distracted while walking. We also see kids will be using their cell phone to tell their parents their location, and looking down and not aware of their surroundings,” Riley added.

Another big mistake is not asking your child how their costume fits or feels.

“Ask your child, ‘Does your costume fit properly? Is it took long or is it too big?” Riley told News 2. “Sometimes with masks we see the child can’t see properly.”

Experts also told News 2 to skip the masks altogether, opting instead for face paint.