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October 29, 2012

Safety important when planning for trick-or-treat fun

Halloween is so much fun because it’s not like other nights of the year.

Kids of all ages can stay safe by following these tips:

• See and be seen.

After dark, kids aren’t usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night, they are. That’s why kids need to watch out for cars and other traffic.

Be sure that your mask or costume doesn’t cover your eyes or make it tough for you to see where you’re going. You might think about wearing makeup instead of a mask.

Kids also need to be seen on Halloween, so it’s a good idea to wear or carry something that glows in the dark. You might choose a glowing necklace, a glow-in-the-dark treat bag or a flashlight. Your parents also can apply reflective tape to your costume.

• Don’t trip.

You want your costume to look cool, but there’s nothing cool about tripping and stumbling all Halloween night. Make your costume trip-proof by making sure it’s not too long, wearing shoes that fit and avoiding swords, canes and other props that can get in your way.

• Don’t go alone.

It’s best to trick-or-treat with family members or friends. And it’s also a good idea to have a grown-up with you. A cellphone can be another handy item to have along. That way, you can check in with a parent or call for help if needed.

Talk it over with your mom or dad when you’re deciding where to trick-or-treat. Sticking close to home is great because then you’ll know many of the people and you won’t get lost in unfamiliar neighborhoods. And people who already know you just might throw an extra treat in your bag!

For more information, visit http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/house/halloween_safety.html#.

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