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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
TIPS FOR PARENTS ABOUT TREATS
Children shouldn't snack while they're out trick-or-treating. They should
wait until they get home and parents have had a chance to inspect the goodies.
To help prevent children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before
they go--don't send them out on an empty stomach.
Tell children not to accept--and, especially, not to eat--anything that isn't commercially wrapped.
When children bring their treats home, parents should inspect the goodies.
Discard any homemade candy or baked goods. Parents of young children should
also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small
Wash all fresh fruit thoroughly, inspect it for holes, including small punctures, and cut it open before allowing children to eat it.
Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
If juice or cider is served to children at Halloween parties, make sure it is pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy harmful bacteria. Juice or cider that has not been treated will say so on the label.