Trick or treat safety

There’s tons to worry about come Halloween night. Will the kids be crossing the street on their own? Will they trip on their costumes? Is their candy safe from allergens? Make Halloween safe with these trick or treat safety 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?).

Have more trick or treat safety tips? Tell us in the comments.

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