Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

Recipe of the Month: Franken-faces!

Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 20 ounce (family-size) frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 16 ounce can  vanilla frosting
  • 1cup   dark-chocolate frosting
  • 10 chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 tube red decorating icing
  • Green M&Ms, Yellow and Black confetti sprinkles
  • Green and Yellow Food Coloring


  1. Cut pound cake in half lengthwise. Then slice across every 2 inches to create 10 rectangles.
  2. Mix green and yellow food coloring in vanilla frosting (one yellow drop for every two green ones). Place 2 tablespoons of frosting into a small zip-top bag; set aside. Spoon remaining frosting into a microwaveable container and heat on high, stirring every 15 seconds, for about 45 seconds or until it is the consistency of heavy cream. Pour frosting over cake pieces to coat completely. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until set.
  3. Decorate: Spoon dark-chocolate frosting into a 1-quart freezer zip-top bag. Snip a very small corner from both the green and chocolate frosting bags. Place each cake on top of a graham cracker. Pipe a nose on the center of each cake and use green frosting and attach a green M&M to each side of the cake for “bolts”. Press two jumbo confetti sprinkles in each cake for eyes; then use dark-chocolate frosting to secure two black confetti sprinkles on top to form pupils. Pipe on hair, eyebrows, and scar with chocolate frosting. Squeeze a wiggly line of red icing for mouth.

Source: Allrecipes.com


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