Eating before going trick-or-treating

A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats

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The better halloween mask

Halloween masks are a chore, and it’s the first thing a tot will rip off when trick-or-treating, instead of masks, have your kids wear make-up so they can see better.

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Halloween and good manners

Halloween is a good opportunity to teach good manners. Always be polite and say trick or treat. Then make sure you say thank you after you receive the treat.

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Trick-or-treat safety tip

When going out trick-or-treating, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Halloween party menus

When deigning a spooky menu for halloween, serve finger foods that come in Halloween colors, such as orange slices, Cheetos, baby carrots, cheddar cheese cubes, Ho-Hos, black licorice, and blackberries.

Make fruit kabobs by alternating purple grapes and cantaloupe on wooden skewers.

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Pumpkin danger

Keep clear of pumpkins that contain lighted candles. These are sometimes a magnet for curious children, who may try to touch, pick up, or peek inside them.

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Planning a party for Halloween?

Unless you plan to take your guests on their quest for candy, you should pick a night other than the 31st. 

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Halloween props

Beware of pointed props. Replace plastic swords and sharp-pointed princess crowns with softer versions.

Try sewing a stuffed sword for your little gladiator, or make a paper or plastic foam crown for your toddling princess.

Happy Halloween!

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Have a spooky filling dinner

Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

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Going house to house on Halloween

When trick or treating tell kids to just stand outside the door, not right up to the door.

Never go inside the house. If they insist you go inside, run to the next house and report the incident so the police can check it out.

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Watch toddler tripping on Halloween night

Tots tend to trip and fall under the best of conditions, so you’ll have to take extra precautions on Halloween night.

When choosing or creating a costume, make sure it’s short enough to let her navigate easily.

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Costume safety

Look for flame-resistant labels when buying costumes, masks, beards, and wigs.

According to Yolanda Fultz-Morris of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, such products not only resist burning but also burn out quickly if they do catch on fire.

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Pumpkin carving tips

Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers.  Then parents can do the cutting.

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Book Suggestion: The Night Before Halloween

Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem.

But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book The Night Before Halloween

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Jack-o-lanterns and kid costumes

If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.

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Making your yard safe for trick-or-treaters

To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

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Pick the right costume

Halloween now days is more intense than it was in 1970.

Costumes can be very scary for a little two year old. While many grand parents want to get creative with their grand children and make home made costumes including vampires, werewolves, and a bunch of fake blood, it is best to go with fun costumes

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When to trick or treat with toddlers

It is best to hit the trick or treating route early, right near nightfall.

Not only do the little ones tire easily and go to bed early, but the more aggressive crowds tends to start roaming the streets later.

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Halloween costume accessories safety tip

Have children use a flexible costume knives and swords, not ones that are rigid or sharp.

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Halloween costume tip

Halloween costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

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