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Long gone are the days of trick-or-treating for me, but I still remember the excitement of dressing up in a cool costume (my favorite was a homemade pirate outfit) and touring the neighborhood to fill up my oversized pillowcase with candy. Parents, check out these six safety tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics to keep Halloween fun and accident-free!


  1. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  2. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar, well-lit areas and trick-or-treat in a group.
  3. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders.
  4. Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it’s the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  6. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.