Flu concerns affect Halloween

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

SHERMAN, TX - Forget the monsters, ghosts and goblins, this Halloween the real scare is potentially spreading the H1N1 flu virus. Parties and trick or treating are just more opportunities for flu germs to reach more children. But is the concern enough to make parents change their Halloween traditions?

"Halloween is a great holiday for kids and this is just a fun activity… kids love Halloween,” said Theresa Hutchinson, the Recreation Director for Sherman Parks and Recreation.

Hutchinson is in charge of the 7th annual Halloween Carnival at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom, which was filled with little princesses, heroes and scary critters Thursday night.

"You don't have to worry about the weather, the cold, it’s pretty contained area and kids are safe and in one room,” said Hutchinson.

But walking door to door this Saturday night isn't the main thing that spooks parents this year.

"I mean especially with the flu and things going on and the new rules about don't let your kids grab in the bucket and make sure you hand it out to them, and going places that are safe and with a community that we know,” said Durant resident Amber Adams.

But local doctors say there is a real concern when it comes to kids going out this Halloween weekend in regards to the flu.

"The last few weeks we've seen so many cases of H1N1 viruses, it's a little bit scary with what we've seen out there. Although it's been a virus that we've been able to effectively deal with from a health stand point, it's still something very contagious among our children. So this Halloween we want to encourage families to be real safe and secure and smart,” said Dr. Joseph Lipscomb, a TexomaCare pediatrician.

You can forget old traditions like bobbing for apples this Halloween, but Dr. Lipscomb says swapping masks, reaching in candy bowls and sharing costumes are all a bad idea this year.

"With the amount of infection that we're seeing this time of year, practice good hygiene take that alcohol scrub with you and put it on their hands every few houses,” Dr. Lipscomb recommended.

The Halloween Carnival did take a few health precautions by making sure that all food and candy was pre-wrapped and handing out treats instead of allowing kids to reach into the bowl.

But should parents be frightened in to staying at home this holiday? Dr. Lipscomb says don't cancel your festivities... Just be safe.

And one mother says that's exactly what she plans to do.

"We always take precautions every year for colds and sicknesses and flues that are going, so no, it doesn't stop us from going out, we have our hand sanitizers and we'll go out the same,” said Adams.

And the number one recommendation doctors have for Halloween celebrations - if you're sick, stay at home.

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  • by Beavis Location: Dension on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    The streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers!
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Nov 2, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    Does no one have a sense of humor any more????
  • by will not tell on Nov 2, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    ok so i have been saved by the grace of god and have the strong faith i'm already going to heaven..the kids have not reached the age of accountability yet, but I know for a fact we will not go to hell and burn because we want to dress up like princesses and other characters from disney and go get candy....every person from baby to adult LOVES CANDY!! God is not going to condemn us for going out and collecting candy, so get off your trip, lighten up and let the kids have fun!! mine sure did and i dressed up with them and had a great time myself!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    to zyklon seek medical attention asap or remove head from bible it will be ok
  • by Mom Location: ardmore on Oct 31, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    zyklon...seriously thats just ignorant..
  • by God on Oct 31, 2009 at 12:52 AM
    All Saints' Day (officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[1]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November in Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. In terms of Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. Specifically, in the Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints Know your facts before you speak ignorance
  • by Mary Location: CA on Oct 30, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    My child came home from school saying they learned to cough and sneeze into their elbows with Germie Wormie, and I was totally taken aback. I always used my hands. Now I get it, hands touch, elbows don't!! Kids can touch up to 300 surfaces in 1/2 an hour, and they hate to wash their hands. This is a simple thing that can make a huge difference. There is also an entertaining DVD that teaches kids how to do this and reinforces other important hygiene habits.
  • by QUEEN BEE Location: SHERMAN on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    I have an idea lets just do away with halloween all together. reserchers are so full of crap they say one thing then next year it will be the complete opposite. just take your monk parents and let them do candy at home let the rest of the world live life worry free show me the proof that h1n1 is on candy wrappers this is just like the 1999 scare oh no the world is coming to an end in the year 2000 well we are still here smart guy we can try again very soon get some help stop you guessing games tell the truth your not the government
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Helloween is an evil holiday promoted by Satan to lead our children into hell. The Devil wants our children to love witches, monsters, and evil so that we cannot make Heaven our home. He wants us to burn with him forever. Please do not let your children celebrate this time of witchcraft--their blood will be on your hands when you hear them screaming in Hell for eternity.
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