More and more families with young children are celebrating Halloween in some way. Whether you're venturing out into the neighborhood with a small
trick-or-treater, staying home to answer the door, or just putting together a costume for your little one, you'll want to know how to make this a holiday
that's safe as well as spooky.
Check out the advice offered by parents and safety experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Young children may do better with daytime trick-or-treating. Going out at night may be too frightening.
- No matter what time of day you choose, always make sure that you or another responsible adult accompanies a young child on the trick-or-treating route.
Stay on sidewalks and well-lit streets, and cross streets only on crosswalks.
Your little witch or ghost, pumpkin or superhero will look just as cute without a mask, which can block eyesight and be unsafe. Instead, try nontoxic
makeup or a hat.
Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags, and give everyone a flashlight with fresh batteries.
Provide a good meal before the party or the trick-or-treating, to help prevent over-indulging on sweet things.
Once you get home, sort through your child's the treat bag, getting rid of anything that's unwrapped or spoiled, or that doesn't look good.