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10 Halloween Health Hazards All Beggars Should Beware

Like any other holiday, Halloween is not without its health hazards.

With all the extra people out on the streets and the holiday excitement in the air, you never know what can ensue.

Here are 10 potential Halloween health hazards that you should beware of this year:

  1. Expired or foreign candy. Inspect all your children's treats and make sure you throw out all suspicious treats that aren't packaged properly, look expired, or are homemade -- these could carry food-borne illness.
  2. Costumes with sharp objects attached. Beware of costumes with attachments or sharp accessories like swords. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
  3. Licorice. All sweet treats should be consumed in moderation -- especially black licorice. Licorice overload could lead to irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.
  4. Vehicles on the road. Be cautious when it comes to other vehicles on the road and follow all traffic rules. There will likely be more pedestrians out than usual, which means a higher likelihood of pedestrian accidents.
  5. Flammable costumes. Flammable costumes can lead to disastrous health hazards -- like burn injuries for you or your trick-or-treating child. Check the tags on your little one's costume and keep him or her away from open flames.
  6. Face paint. Certain types of face paint can set off allergic reactions or skin irritation. Following the FDA's recommendation, test out a small amount of the material on your arm first before applying to you or your child's face.
  7. Oversized costumes. Make sure your child's costume is fitted properly. This will ensure that he or she doesn't end up tripping over it and injuring him or herself.
  8. More pedestrian traffic. Because there will be more folks out at night on foot than usual, you and your child should be careful when walking around.
  9. Wet weather. Halloween in some parts of the country may come with cold and wet weather. Make sure that you and your child wear safe shoes that are easy to walk in to avoid any slip and fall injuries.
  10. Unsafe decorations. Beware of any unsafe decor that homeowners may have on their property -- this includes poorly lit walkways, hazardous smoke devices, and loose-hanging decorations that are ghoulish safety hazards.

Enjoy this beloved childhood (and adult) favorite by making sure that you not only prepare for a fun night but also guarantee you and your child's safety. Happy Halloween!

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