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Halloween safety for young children

October 10, 2013
By Sue Junge , Times-Republican

Halloween is fast approaching and, as we do each year, we worry about our little ones on the year's most spooky night! And we worry about whether we can keep them safe and still let them have fun. Things have changed a lot since I used to take my kids; I mean we are talking 30-plus years ago. My sister-in-law and I would pile the kids in one big car (and there were five under the age of 8) and go from house to house in our small town; never had to worry about someone tampering with the candy; there were many "home-made" popcorn balls and cupcakes; stranger danger was not a concern; and we really didn't worry much about costume safety. But times have changed; not everyone knows the people in their town; flammable costumes have severely burned children; and some have been lost to those who prey on our youngest. We now take those extra steps to protect children and keep them safe on a "fun-filled" night. TLC has five things you should know:



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