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Written by Lisa S., Sprout Volunteer

Combine dressing up in costumes with free candy and you create a kid-friendly holiday! Although Halloween is a favorite holiday for children it does come with its own unique dangers that all parents and caregivers should be mindful of. With a few basic safety measures, your family can have a fun and safe celebration.

Tips to read before selecting a costume for your child:

  • Select a costume that won’t fall apart before the night’s festivities are over.
  • Make sure the costume won’t hamper your child’s movement.
  • Consider face paint as a safe alternative to masks, especially for younger children.
  • If the costume is elaborate, dress your child in simple clothing underneath. This way they can easily change to play games or take a break.
  • Solid color turtlenecks and sweatpants are an easy costume starter for kids.
  • Don’t forget about your child’s restroom needs.
  • Don’t work yourself into a frenzy. This is supposed to be fun for you and your child.
  • If trick-or-treating after dusk, have kids carry a flashlight and use a glow stick necklace to wear over the costume. Reflective tape on the treat bag is also helpful

Stranger Danger:
Abduction is an ugly reality but as parents we must take precautions to ensure the safety of our children. Never let a child trick-or-treat alone. Adults or older children should always be supervising. In our family we have a rule that we only visit homes with decorations, jack-o-lanterns and neighbors we know.

Source: www.amazingmoms.com/htm/halloweensafety.htm