More and more families with young children are celebrating Halloween in some way. Whether you're venturing out into the neighborhood with a small trick-or-treater, staying home to answer the door, or just putting together a costume for your little one, you'll want to know how to make this a holiday that's safe as well as spooky.
Check out the advice offered by parents and safety experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
-- Young children may do better with daytime trick-or-treating. Going out at night may be too frightening.
-- No matter what time of day you choose, always make sure that you or another responsible adult accompanies a young child on the trick-or-treating route.
-- Stay on sidewalks and well-lit streets, and cross streets only on crosswalks.
-- Your little witch or ghost, pumpkin or superhero will look just as cute without a mask, which can block eyesight and be unsafe. Instead, try nontoxic makeup or a hat.
-- Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags, and give everyone a flashlight with fresh batteries.
-- Provide a good meal before the party or the trick-or-treating, to help prevent over-indulging on sweet things.
-- Once you get home, sort through your child's the treat bag, getting rid of anything that's unwrapped or spoiled, or that doesn't look good.