Avoid some common Halloween hazards

Kids of all ages love Halloween and buying a new costume can be part of the fun.

When choosing an outfit for trick-or-treating, keep safety in mind from top to bottom.

"Think about head to toe for your kids, making sure that their vision isn't obstructed, clothes have something reflective on it, their shoes are tied, and that they're not wearing anything baggy. Baggy things could make them trip and fall," said Kate Carr, Safe Kids President & CEO.

Don't let kids handle props with sharp edges like swords.

And instead of masks that sometimes don't fit properly and can make it tough to see, experts recommend face paint, but test it out first.

"Mothers and fathers should test it first on their kids' skin if they're going to be doing a whole face with it, just to be sure that it doesn't cause a reaction," said Dr. Orly Avitzur, Consumer Reports Medical Adviser.

And kids should wait until they get home to dig into their trick-or-treat baskets, so parents can check labels carefully.

And for you jack-o-lantern enthusiasts, be mindful of using open flames to light your work of art. Alternatives such as a flameless candle or creative lighting can spark creativity while keeping safety in check.


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