Halloween walk about

Walking around neighborhood for Halloween? Bring a stroller or wagon, so if they get tired you have a backup plan. http://bit.ly/R7gFO9

Trick or Treat tip

A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. http://bit.ly/NMYwEt

Removing items 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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Keeping together when trick-or-treating

If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group.

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Safety for Halloween

Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.

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Taking turns when trick-or-treating

When trick or treating have kids wait at the end of the line before you go to the door if there are people there before you. Pushing only results in accidents and spilled treat bags.

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Wearing makeup for halloween?

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

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Treking for halloween tip

Walking around the neighborhood with a toddler for Halloween? Bring a stroller or wagon. That way if they get tired of walking you have a back up plan that doesn’t involve you carrying them.

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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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