Halloween will be here soon. The National Safety Council & US Food & Drug administration have some advice for an Extra Safe Halloween this year.

Kids love the magic of Halloween, but costume and traffic safety are essential for trick-or-treaters. These tips can help make a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

Before Halloween arrives, The US Food & Drug administration has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips.

When it comes to your Halloween costume, be sure to choose one that won't cause safety hazards.

All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
Opt for nontoxic Halloween makeup over masks, which can obscure vision; always test makeup in a small area first to see if any irritation develops
Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
When They're on the Prowl

Also, keep in mind that Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents.

Here are some more helpful tips in keeping your children safe on Halloween night:

A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
Agree on a specific time children should return home
Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home, and take care to avoid any food allergies
Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
Safety Tips for Motorists
The National Safety Council offers these additional safety tips for parents and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Hopefully these combined tips from the National Safety Council and The US Food & Drug administration will help you to keep your children safe and Happy Halloween!!

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