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Halloween is just around the corner. Find out which safety issues are more than an urban myth, and collect your food and party ideas here!

Halloween is among the celebrations kids most look forward to. It's hard to go wrong with dressing up, tasty treats and songs! Are you hoping to make the "most creepy holiday of the year" truly special for your children this year — without safety hazards and the excessive sugar consumption Halloween can sometimes trick you into? We're here to help!

Halloween Creepiness: Make Sure It's Only Pretend

You've heard the urban myths about razor blades hidden in apples and poisoned candy, and you're also likely to be concerned about creeps opening the door for your kids... and inviting them in! You can forget about those dangers right away, because they are totally within your control — just like most things we spend time worrying about. 

There's another danger, hidden in plain sight, that you should be much more frightened of: cars. 

Did you know that kids are more than twice as likely to be killed in a car accident on Halloween than on any other night of the year? Now you do. Multiple factors are responsible for this. Adults celebrate Halloween too, usually with large amounts of alcohol. So there are both more kids and more drunk drivers on the road during Halloween, and trick or treaters are easily missed even by a sober person if they're not clearly visible and crossing roads in places they're not supposed to. 

Supervising your kids yourself when they go trick or treating is the Number One thing you can do to keep them safe on Halloween night — don't be tempted to rely on older kids, who don't know as much about safety as you do. 

Apply reflective tape to all your costumes and carry flashlights to ensure your group can easily be seen. Don't walk on the side of the road if there's no sidewalk, and only cross the road at actual crossings. Stick together, and don't let anyone wonder off even for a moment. 

Your presence takes care of the creeps, and you'll be checking treats before giving them to your kids.

Many hospitals even offer X-rays for Halloween candy, but the safest treats are the ones you make or buy yourself. Alcohol is the biggest Halloween hazard for teens and adults. 

Did we mention candles? Candles pose a fire risk (haha!), especially if you put them in weird places, have flammable costumes around, or have drunk people in your house. I think that just about covers the alarming (or was that alarmist?) possibilities. 

Once you're aware of road safety, common sense is really all you need to have a fantastic Halloween. Or not quite, perhaps — you could also do with great costumes, creepy home-made treats that aren't terribly unhealthy, and some awesome games. Why not invite a whole bunch of kids to you house to have an unforgettably creepy Halloween party? Treat and game ideas are on the next page!

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