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Trick-or-Treating and Costume Safety

January 2nd, 2013 Seasonal

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for parents and children alike, but it's important to be safe during all of the festivities. This year, put some extra thought into your costume and trick-or-treating habits to make sure you and your children celebrate safely and memorably. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're dressing up and trick-or-treating, according to Halloween-Safety.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Costume safety
Dressing up in a silly or scary costume is one of the great joys of Halloween, so make sure you play it safe by paying attention to your gear.
• If you or your child's costume involves accessories like knives and swords, make sure they're not too long, aren't sharp and are flexible. This will ensure that there aren't any accidental injuries during a pretend fight!
• If it's very dark out, you may want to add reflective tape on your children's outfits so cars can see them as they're walking from house to house.
• Test out makeup on a small area of the body before you apply it on the face. This will make sure there are no allergic reactions.
• Make sure every element of the costume fits. A mask or a pair of shoes that are too big could cause problems.

Trick-or-treating safety
Be sure to set your kids up with plenty of rules so they stay safe when traveling around the neighborhood.
• Give your children flashlights to help them see in the dark. This will also allow drivers to recognize them.
• Stick to your town's curfew guidelines. You can make sure your kids get the most candy in the least amount of time by bringing them to highly populated areas.
• Instruct your children to wait until they get home to eat their candy. This will let you take a look for any unwrapped candies that may have been tampered with.