Halloween: Safety guides for kids and parents

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Run, don’t walk. Don’t take candy from strangers. You know the drill! Or do you? Here are 10 spellbinding safety tips you may not have thought about this Halloween.

10. Costumes: Creepy Contact Lenses
Decorative contact lenses are cool, but only in theory. Without an eye exam and a prescription, you should never buy decorative eyeball decor, especially for children and teens. Decorative contacts can cause irritations, infections and can damage vision.

9. Costumes: Accessory Muhaha-Makeover
Accessories make or break a Halloween outfit, but only if they’re soft and pliable. A good test - if your child falls, could parts of their costume harm them? If yes, re-think those plastic swords and glittery wands.

8. Costumes: Frightful and Fitted
Oversized costumes can be a real bummer for little ghosts and goblins. Extra fabric can cause a kid to slip, it almost always gets stepped on by other trick-or-treaters…and worst of all, it could become victim to a candlelit jack-o-lantern.

7. Trick-or-Treating: Ghostly Glow
LED-inspired accessories are all the rage this year and they’re perfect for keeping the kiddies visible to drivers. Reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights are cheaper alternatives and always effective.

6. Trick-or-Treating: Track your Treaters
If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, know their route and give them a cell phone so you can check in with them.

5. Trick-or-Treating: Creature Comforts
Oversized, decorative shoes might seem like a good idea, but after one or two haunted houses, your kid’s dogs will be barkin’! If you can’t convince your pirate or princess to wear comfy shoes, bring a pair with you - just in case they change their minds.

4. Candy: Haunted and Homemade
If a well-known neighbor drops a homemade cookie or caramel apple into your kid’s pail, take note so you know that treat is safe to eat. Unfortunately, homemade candies from strangers should be tossed.

3. Candy: Halloween High
In an effort to prevent sugar overload, put some of your kid’s stash away for future snacking. Remember, candy bars and hard candies are mostly sugar, which means they have an extremely long shelf life. No need to gobble everything up on November first.

2. Candy: Get Crafty
In an attempt to reduce the amount of sugar flowing into your child’s belly, set some candy aside for craft projects. Check out the ABC7 Pinterest page for some creative candy ideas.

1. Last tip: Have lots and lots of Halloween fun!

{ }Some of these tips were taken from the CDC and the FDA.