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‘Double double toil and trouble/Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’

It’s October, which means Halloween, the second largest commercial holiday in the United States after Christmas. While exciting for children who get to dress up as their favorite character and get lots of candy, for many adults, Halloween is dabomb!

Halloween merchandise, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas, appeared in stores as students headed back to the classroom in July.

Halloween is all about the costume. And while your child will change his or her mind a million times before deciding on the ultimate costume – be it a superhero, a villain, a ballerina or a witch, don’t wait too long to scope out and order the perfect costume, or it might be too late. If you snooze, you sometimes lose! This goes for adults, as well. With recent box office hits, popular costumes for adults include Indiana Jones, Barbie, Maverick of Top Gun fame, Wednesday Addams, Ted Lasso, and others.

Before heading out to the store, the Food and Drug Administration wants you to remember these safety tips when choosing a costume:

Avoid baggy outfits and flowing cloaks. These stray pieces can easily brush across an open flame or trip up a trick or treater when they’re walking. Shoes should be comfortable with laces securely tied. Decorative heels and oversized shoes can result in a painful spill. Be sure to buy costumes that are labeled as flame resistant. With flickering candles and jack-o-lanterns there are many open flames around on Halloween night. Make sure any makeup you use is hypoallergenic. Nothing is less fun than a rash on Halloween. Avoid masks: They may be fun, but they can obstruct vision. Use face paint instead! Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths. Never use decorative contact lenses. Most aren’t certified by optometrists and can cause severe eye damage. Avoid any sharp or long swords, canes, or sticks as a costume accessory. Your child can easily be hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips. You’ll often find dozens of trick or treaters coming to your door in the same costumes. Unique costumes are recommended so your child is easy to pick out in a crowd. If your child is wearing a similar costume to others, make sure to add something which stands out from the rest. Don’t rely on flashlights being

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