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Keep Halloween fun and safe

Halloween is just around the corner, a time for kids to choose just the right costume for trick-or-treating. While fun and scoring as much candy as possible are the ultimate fright night goals, it’s good to keep child safety in mind. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safest spooky night possible:

S – swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
A — avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see your child.
E – examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
H – hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A – always test makeup and remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L – look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
L – lower the risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W – wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
E – eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
N – never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

These tips should help ensure a safe and happy Halloween, and for parents who are planning fright night parties, here are some tips to ensure fun and safety:

  • Provide healthy treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get some physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of obstacles.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’ lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landing, and curtains, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safe

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