By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Make your home a safe haven for trick-or-treaters by welcoming all the cleverly costumed kids with a well lighted front door entry. Add decorations to make it pretty or spooky - however you want - with pumpkins, scary creatures and jack-o-lanters, and provide safe footing so you can easily fill their bags with goodies. Give away candy or a healthy treat like a box of raisins in an easy-to-reach basket or bowl so kids can grab and go.
It only happens one night a year so make it special for the kids. Invite friends who don't have trick-or-treaters in their neighborhood to enjoy seeing the kids in costumes. You may want to get in the spirit too and dress up yourself!
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions for a safe holiday.
- Costumes that are bright and reflective will keep kids visible even on the darkest night. Use reflective tapes so they’re easy to see.
- Masks can block eyesight so think about using non-toxic makeup instead.
- If you’re buying a costume, choose one with a label clearly indicating it is flame retardant.
- Give kids a small flashlight to carry.
Get kids in the spirit of Halloween with this crossword puzzle
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