Health Watch -- The Spooky Season: Halloween Fears

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about health and safety issues related to Halloween. Adults and older kids may look forward to all the spookiness associated with Halloween, but smaller children may find Halloween more scary than fun.

Dr. Pete Stavinoha, a child psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says some children may not be able to trust that everything that seems scary will actually turn out okay. If a child is afraid of trick-or-treating or other Halloween activities, don't push. It could turn into a true panic situation. You can make trick-or-treating less scary by going along with your child or going out before dark. Or you can find an alternative to trick-or-treating, like a party or movie night at home.


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