Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids and to help them have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
- Costumes should be bright and/or reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Masks can limit or block eyesight so consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal.
- For wigs and accessories, look for and purchase flame resistant items. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of a costume, it should not be sharp or long.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on treats.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Teach your child to politely turn down home-baked items such as cupcakes and brownies and never to taste or share another child's food.