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Make Halloween safe with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
• Suit up. Make sure their shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping. Makeup is better than a mask, which can obstruct vision. Test products ahead of time to ensure they won’t cause a rash.
• Keep your pumpkin safe. Use glow sticks or LED lights to light ’em up so there’s no fire hazard.
• Stay visible. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags. You should both carry a flashlight. If your older kids are going alone, plan and review their route ahead of time. Charge everyone’s cellphones, too.
• Cut down on sugar overload. Consider handing out nonedible treats like pencils, bubbles or stickers. You’ll cut candy consumption for everybody, including yourself (which sounds like a win, right?).