15 trick-or-treating safety tips to ensure a happy and healthy Halloween

Halloween Safty Tips :

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday.

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Before your little ghosts and goblins head out for Halloween, read these important safety tips.

Halloween is beyond exciting for kids—they get to stay up late, dress up and gorge on candy. They’re hyper, distracted and determined to make the most of the day (and night!), so parents need to make sure they stay visible, follow the rules of the road and don’t eat anything strange from their loot bag. Here are my quick tips to keep this spooky holiday from becoming a scary one.
1. Pick the right size
Make sure that costumes fit properly. Hems should be well above the ground to avoid tripping, and kids should have full range of motion.
2. Keep it bright
Dark colors are obviously harder to see at night, so dress your kids up in bright costumes or add reflective accessories to dark getups.
3. Break out the makeup
Since masks can obstruct vision, create the same idea with face paint. But…
4. Test it out first
Before the big day, try the face paint to make sure your child doesn’t have a skin reaction. And of course, be sure to wash it all off before tucking them into bed.
5. Choose non-flammable fabrics

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Jack-o’-lanterns often have real candles inside, so opt for costumes with 100-percent synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, and acrylic and avoid loose capes and glittery fabric, which tends to be more flammable. And to cut the risk, light up your own pumpkin with a battery-powered tea light or LED “candle.”
6. Get your glow on
Light your kids up with glow sticks, bike lights clipped onto costumes and reflective tape. And give them a flashlight, or carry one with you.
7. Take the tiny trick-or-treaters
Little kids should always have an adult with them.
8. Go as a group
Older kids should travel together, stick to a route they’ve cleared with their parents, check-in by phone regularly, and have a set curfew to return home.
9. Choose wisely
Don’t feel you have to hit every home on the block. Look for well-lit locations with pumpkins on display.
10. Stay on the step
Kids should never enter strangers’ homes.
11. Follow the rules of the road
Set a good example and only cross the street at established crosswalks. If you are driving in residential areas, take it slow.
12. Ask for help
Look for police officers or the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol if you require assistance or have any concerns to report.
13. Check it all out
Before you let your kids dive in, dump the entire candy bag out and inspect it all. Throw out any packages that look like they’ve been opened and any homemade or repackaged goods.
14. Be alert for allergens
If you’ve got a child with serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy.
15. Brush up
Don’t skip the teeth-brushing routine! Sticky candies are cavities waiting to happen.
by Joelene Huber

3 tips to avoid a Halloween meltdown:

Overexcitement, costume freak-outs, and sugar overload can lead to a Halloween meltdown. Here’s how to avoid drama.

Try these simple tips to avoid a Halloween meltdown that could ruin the holiday.
1. Do a dress rehearsal
Have her try on her costume a few days before to make sure everything fits and she’s happy with it. Show her how the costume might change if the weather is colder or wetter than expected.
2. Make a delicious dinner she’ll love
Serve her favorite dinner to ensure she eats well; that way, she’ll be less inclined to binge on candy all night long. You might be tempted to serve a huge plate of steamed vegetables to balance out the sweets, but be realistic—she’s not as likely to eat it, especially considering how excited and distracted she’ll be.
3. Try a practice run
Trick-or-treat at your own house first so she can get the hang of it. Teach her to knock on the door or ring the doorbell, and what to say (“Trick or treat!” “Happy Halloween” and “Thank you”), as well as what not to say (“Gross! I don’t like that kind!”).