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American Red Cross offers tips for a safe and fun Halloween

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Ghosts and goblins across the country are getting ready for some trick-or-treating.  Halloween is almost here.

The American Red Cross is offering tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.

COSTUME SAFETY

There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.

BE SAFE WHILE OUT AND ABOUT

To maximize safety for the trick-or-treaters, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.

Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don't cut across yards or use alleys. Don't cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

GREETING TRICK-OR-TREATERS

For those who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it's fun for everyone by following a few tips:

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
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