For parents of first time "trick or treater's," a few tips from the U.S. Food and  Drug Administration, to help make sure those treats are safe for your children. 1. Don't let kids "trick or treat," on an empty stomach. Kids shouldn't snack on on treats they collect while they're out. Urge them to hold off until they get home, so you can inspect all candy before they eat any of it.

2. Make sure all treats are safe. Tell you're children not to accept and specifically not to eat any treat that isn't commercially wrapped. Even then, you need to inspect commercially wrapped items for signs of tampering. Look for an unusual appearance, discoloration, small pinholes, or tears in the wrappers. If it seems suspicious, throw it away. Never let kids eat any home-baked items they may have received.

3. For parents of children with food allergies. Make sure you check labels to ensure the allergen isn't present in the treats they bring home. It's a good idea to have on hand their favorite treats to exchange for any you need to take away. Bags of chips, fruit rolls and pretzels work for well for kids who can't have nuts or chocolate.

4. Be alert for choking hazards.  If you have very young children, be sure to remove items such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

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