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Trick-or-treating is a treasured part of the Halloween experience for many families. Check out these tips for making it safe and fun for your younger children.

What should a parent think about when choosing a costume for their child?

The most important thing to think about is safety before fashion. Your little princess may look adorable in that flowing costume, but she may have a hard time walking without tripping. Also, if your child is wearing a mask, he may not be able to see properly. Instead, choose a costume that is comfortable and easy to move around in. You may want to try non-toxic face paint instead of a mask.

What are some safety tips for trick-or-treating?

It’s always a good idea to stay close to home or in a familiar, well-lit area. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight! And also, depending on the age of your child, you may want to keep them in a stroller or wagon in between houses. Remember: whatever you do, be sure to keep a close eye on your child throughout the night.

What about all the candy? Is it safe?

Be sure to check your child’s candy for any open wrappers. But in reality, the odds of anyone tampering with the candy is extremely low. Make sure to go through the candy and pick out any small, hard pieces that may pose choking hazards for your child. Also, be sure to limit the amount of candy you let them have that night. You don’t want to end Halloween night with a tummy ache.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, January 2019

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