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Halloween Tips for Parents

Thursday, Oct. 31, is Halloween! Here are some safety tips for parents:

  • Make sure costumes fit well and that they are short enough to prevent tripping.

  • Consider using hypoallergenic make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct your child’s vision.

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

  • Make certain costumes are flame-retardant.

  • Trick-or-treaters should have a flashlight with fresh batteries.

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children; older kids should trick-or-treat in groups.

  • Set a time when your children should be home and know what route they plan to take.

  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars. Children should not approach homes where the front lights are not turned on.

  • Remind your children to stay on the sidewalk and not cut across yards or through alleys; remind them to cross streets only at corners and never from between parked cars.

  • Do not allow your children to consume their treats until they have checked by an adult at home. Throw away any unwrapped or spoiled items. Give any candy that could be a choking hazard (such as hard candies) to older children.

Alert sent on 10/30/2019 at 9:53AM EDT

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