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Make sure your children’s Halloween is all treats and no tricks!


​My two grade-school goblins are eager to trick-or treat this Halloween. Do you have safety tips?

“There’s no trick to treating children to a safer Halloween. It begins by taking a few basic precautions and using sensible adult judgment,” says Caroline Marcus, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Costume preparations
  • Make sure costumes are flame-retardant. If homemade, treat fabric with a flame-resistant solution and trim costumes with reflective tape to make children more visible to motorists.
  • Keep capes and costumes short to prevent tripping.
  • If using wands or swords, make them out of cardboard rather than wood, metal or plastic and keep them short.
  • If wearing masks, make sure children can see and breathe properly.
  • Ban the use of cosmetic contact lenses; they’re notorious for causing eye infections.

When trick-or-treating
  • Plan a familiar route. A responsible adult should accompany younger children and carry a flashlight and cell phone.
  • Only go to homes with the porch lights on.
  • Never enter the home of a stranger or accept a ride from one.

Examine treats
  • Exa​mine treats for possible choking hazards.
  • Discard unwrapped candy or wrapped items that show evidence of tampering.
  • To be on the safe side, throw away homemade baked goods.

“Halloween traditions have delighted generations of children. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to exhibit sound judgment and make Saturday a safer evening for everyone,” advises Dr. Marcus.
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Caroline Marcus, MD

​As a pediatrician, I believe that strong relationships with my patients and their families are fundamental to optimal growth, development and wellness. I am committed to treating my patients as if they were a part of my family.