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A FEW TRICKS TO CONSIDER

Do what is right for your family.

Do consider having a family celebration instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating.

Do ask your kids, "Who would you like to be this Halloween?"

Do emphasize the changing autumn weather and the harvest. If you choose to pass out treats at your door, make it a small, wrapped, healthy treat, such as bulk-purchased fruit roll-ups or sugarless gum.

Do tell your little visitors, "Be careful," "watch the steps," etc.

Don't get caught in the "everyone else is doing it" trap.

Don't drive your kids to more densely populated neighborhoods so they can get more candy.

Don't ask your kids, "What would you like to be this Halloween?"

Don't emphasize ghosts, ghouls, bloody vampires.

Don't spend $100 on chocolate.

Don't forget to turn on all outside lights and leave your door open.

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