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Hand out some Halloween safety

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Few things get kids more excited than Halloween, and what’s not to love? Between the costumes and the candy, Halloween is a time for fun. But both kids and parents need to keep safety in mind.

C is for costumes

Choosing a costume? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for parents:

  • Look for costumes that are bright and reflective, and short enough to ensure your child won’t trip or become entangled. If your child insists on a costume that isn’t reflective, add reflective tape to it or the trick-or-treat bag.
  • Masks can limit your child’s vision, so try some nontoxic makeup instead.
  • If the costume calls for a wig, make sure it’s flame resistant. Likewise, if a costume includes a sword or cane, check that it’s not too long or sharp.
  • Don’t use decorative contact lenses unless you have a prescription for them. Wearing non-prescription lenses can “cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss,” the AAP warns.

T is for trick or treat

Ready to start knocking on doors, kids? Follow these tips from the AAP:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
  • Bring flashlights to see and be seen.
  • If you’re old enough to trick or treat with just your friends, first sit down with your parents and plan a route for the group, as well as an agreed-upon time for you to be back home. Someone in the group should carry a cellphone.
  • Always use the sidewalk, and only cross the street as a group in crosswalks. Don’t cross the street between parked cars.
  • Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters, so be extra careful.

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