Halloween is a time of fun for children, but it can also be a time of concern among parents. There's plenty to consider, from the lack of nutrition in the treats children bring home, to the safety of little ones trick-or-treating in the evening hours. But the Halloween season doesn't need to be cause for concern if parents keep these safety tips in mind on Halloween Day:

•· Children should always be accompanied by an adult when they go trick-or-treating. Furthermore, children should go only to the houses of neighbors they know. Children should not venture into unknown, potentially dangerous neighborhoods.

•· Dress yourself and your child in light-colored clothing if you plan to go out after dusk. Reflective tape will also help to make everyone more visible.

•· Children's masks and costumes should in no way impair their vision. This could be especially hazardous if they are in high traffic areas.

•· Trick-or-treat in the daylight, if possible. If not, go out as early as you can. Encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same, so all children are safer.

•· Never allow your children to eat candy that you haven't carefully inspected. If the packages aren't completely sealed, throw the candy away.

•· Some pets may have an adverse reaction to costumes. Have children use caution when approaching your own family pets as well as your neighbor's and friend's pets.

•· If your child's costume requires props, make certain they are made from soft foam or rubber instead of hard plastic or wood.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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