Region 8 Girl Lucky to be Alive After Halloween Mishap

November 1, 2006 - Posted at 4:38 p.m. CST

CORNING, AR - A Region 8 girl is lucky to be alive after a Halloween mishap nearly turns deadly.

Parents can take every precaution to keep their kids safe on Halloween...from dressing them in reflective clothing to using face paints and limiting trick-or-treating to only familiar homes. For one Region 8 family, Halloween could have had a tragic ending.

You can call it a wardrobe malfunction...but a Corning second grader got more then she bargained for when her Halloween costume became the trick while she was treating Tuesday night.

Nine-year-old Alicia Wilkerson doesn't mind telling you all about her Halloween costume.

"It had a sparkly hat that has webs all over it and a little black dress and then I had that cape on," said Wilkerson.

On Tuesday night, she picked up a little more than the usual candy while out trick or treating.

"They say my throat is bruised on the inside and something else but I don't remember," said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson had been trick or treating all night with her family dressed as Hermione from Harry Potter, wearing an adult sized cloak.  When the family left to go to another home to get more candy, she didn't realize her cape had been caught in the car door.

As the wheels turned, Wilkerson's costume began choking her.

"We heard a noise and then I screamed," said Wilkerson, "It was scary...really scary! My mom was afraid and then my dad was trying to make sure I was ok."

A terrifying experience that won't be soon forgotten.

"I wish it didn't happen, but from now on, I'm not going to trick or treat in the car and I'm not going to wear a cape anymore," said Wilkerson.

And as for the cape...well, Wilkerson has big plans for it.

"I'm going to put it in a little frame and hang it up on my wall!" laughed Wilkerson.

Wilkerson says the night wasn't a total waste...she did get two full bags of candy out of it.