Halloween is a night candy-loving kids everywhere look forward to all year long.
Almost as big as the candy haul is deciding what costume to wear to retrieve it.
This is where parents step in, and, ultimately, have the final say. Don't call it editing their costumes.
Instead, call it a necessary check for keeping children safe. Because it is necessary.
All Hallow's Eve (as it was called centuries ago) is a night where excitement can get out of control. And the dark of night doesn't help matters any when it comes to keeping children safe.
Keep these costume safety tips in mind as you help prepare the little goblins for the big night ahead.
Halloween can be a night of dark, scary things (especially if you have teenagers in the house.)
Even if you do, there are ways to make October 31 a family affair for younger kids.
The night actually lends itself to kids parties, as parents are chaperones for their trick-or-treaters. So make it festive with party decorations such as balloons in orange and black or paper streamers.
If you think every day clothing and carpet stains are scary, wait until you see the tricky problems the (black) cat will drag in on Halloween.
Pumpkin mush on ghostly costumes.
Ghastly guests dripping party punch and red wine on themselves and your carpet pile.
These seasonal spills can turn even the sweetest Snow White hostess into a thundering headless horseman.
Save your home's carpets, your costume investment -- and your sanity -- this Halloween by being prepared for the ghastly spills, drips, and drops in the night ahead.