Ever wonder what might be in trick-or-treat loot?
Carolinas HealthCare System SouthPark Emergency Department is offering kids a chance to find out on Nov. 1.
The medical facility will offer its first ever Switch-or-Treat after-Halloween event, which will include healthy snacks, a candy swap opportunity, giveaways and an X-ray machine.
Adrienne Baker, nurse manager at Carolinas HealthCare System SouthPark Emergency Department, said for years parents have wondered if there might be foreign objects in Halloween candy. Switch-or-Treat will give kids an opportunity to X-ray their bags of candy from trick-or-treating.
Children will stay in the lobby while a radiology technician takes their candy bags to the X-ray room, Baker said. The child can then watch the X-ray on a large screen in the lobby. The candy will be returned, if it’s safe.
The event will also show kids what a real X-ray looks like, Baker said.
“(X-rays) can be a really scary thing,” she said. “Things can be scary for children in an emergency room setting, and this can ease some of the anxiety.”
This won’t be the first time the SouthPark emergency room has connected children with X-rays. At its opening celebration, the emergency room hosted a teddy bear clinic and X-rayed children’s stuffed animals.
At Switch-or-Treat, technicians also will have a portable X-ray machine in the lobby for kids to look at.
Kids also can choose to donate their candy in return for healthy snacks and items that promote physical activity, such as a jump rope.
“Our team is pretty excited,” Baker said. “Any chance that we have to engage with the community, we jump right on.”
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to go?
The community is invited to the free, drop-in event, which is 2-4 p.m. at Carolinas HealthCare System SouthPark Emergency Department at 6965 Fairview Road in Charlotte.
For more information, CarolinasHealthCare.org/SouthParkER.