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Safety tips to keep in mind for Hal­loween

1. Walk safely on Hal­loween. Cross the street at cor­ners and use traf­fic sig­nals. Walk along side­walks and paths when­ever pos­si­ble. Chil­dren 12 and un­der shouldn’t be alone at night with­out an adult. Kids older than 12 should try to stick to fa­mil­iar ar­eas when trick-or­treat­ing. 2. Make sure cos­tumes are safe. Dec­o­rate cos­tumes and bags with re­flec­tive tape to make it eas­ier to see at night. Choose face paint in­stead of masks so it doesn’t ob­struct the child’s vi­sion. Make sure cos­tumes are the right size or don’t have long trail­ing fab­ric to pre­vent fall­ing. 3. Al­ways in­spect dec­o­ra­tions be­fore us­ing for cracked or frayed wires. Use lights and dec­o­ra­tions that are ap­proved safe by a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized test­ing lab. Source: Safe Kids World­wide and the Elec­tri­cal Safety Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional.

Tips for safe and healthy Hal­loween treats

1. Make sure chil­dren eat a good meal be­fore par­ties or trick-or-treat­ing so they won’t want to fill up on candy. 2. Pur­chase non-food treats when have a Hal­loween party such as col­or­ing books, pens and pen­cils. 3. Also hand small toys in­stead of Hal­loween candy like bracelet kits or bub­bles. These items can usu­ally be found in bulk just like candy. 4. Once home from trick-or-treat­ing, sort and check col­lected treats. Closely ex­am­ine ev­ery­thing and throw away any spoiled, un­wrapped or sus­pi­cious items. 5. A health­ier al­ter­na­tive to candy corn is a mini box of raisins which can be mixed with ce­real or yo­gurt. 6. An­other healthy treat can be draw­ing jack-o-lantern faces on small or­anges like tan­ge­los. 7. Mini bags of pret­zels, pop­corn or crack­ers can be a healthy al­ter­na­tive to candy and a whole-grain op­tion. Source: Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pe­di­atrics and Pottstown Mo­saic com­mu­nity gar­den man­ager Laura Wash­ing­ton. For a 2016 list of Hal­loween safety tips, check

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