Halloween can be a child’s perfect holiday. There isn’t anything much better for a child than running around the neighborhood with friends collecting free candy. Although Halloween is meant to be a time for kind-hearted fun, the holiday can bring out the worst in children’s asthma symptoms. When preparing your child for a Halloween evening of fun, remember these points to make the night less scary than it needs to be. Leaf Piles A freshly raked pile of leaves looks like a huge temptation for a small child. They find it almost impossible to resist jumping into fall leaves and scattering them around the yard. However, parents might want to work on shying their children away from leaf piles if they suffer from asthma. The cool, moist leaf pile breeds mold spores that can trigger an asthma attack in a small children. When raking leaves in your own yard, make it a point to store them in leaf bags and toss them with the trash on garbage day before your night out with the little ones. Fog Machines Is there a house on your street that always out together the best Halloween decorations? Do they have a fog machine included in their spectacle? If so, you might want to avoid taking a child with asthma to that house. Although fun to look at, fog machines create a horrible environment for children with asthma. When they breathe the fog in, children could start to cough and wheeze—ultimately leading to an asthma attack. So think twice before taking them up to a house with a fog machine. Hand-Me-Down Costumes Families like to pass down and reuse old costumes from generation to generation. Although an acceptable practice, parents should always wash these costumes before putting them on children. When the garments stay in storage, they become the perfect home for dust mites. Putting the costume onto a child without washing dust mites away could cause an asthma attack. Washing the costume first could also help it last a couple more years when put back into the storage container. Clean Bedding If you think about it, your children normally tire themselves out after a long night of Trick or Treating. When they crawl into bed for the night, try to make sure they have clean sheets on their beds for a sounder sleep. Especially important for children with asthma, a clean bed means it’s free of asthma-causing factors such as dust mites or pollen. If your child suffers from a severe case of asthma, sometimes washing the sheets won’t protect them from asthma attacks. Parents can always tryallergy proof covers or allergy proof bedding to help their children get a good night’s sleep. Hypoallergenic bedding makes it harder for dust mites, pollen, etc. to attach and stay on the bedding. When your child gets a good night’s rest after a full evening of Trick or Treating, we can all sleep without any scary nightmares. Remember, don’t make this Halloween scarier than it needs to be. Always carry your child’s rescue inhaler--just in case--and follow these tips for a safe, fun night of treats!