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No Boo for You! Keep Halloween Safe.

Oct 22, 2014 02:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
First and foremost, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes a parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their Trick or Treat rounds. But they also have a few additional recommendations:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
--Sarah Hagerty