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How to Stay Safe This Halloween

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I hope I don't come off as a fun-sucker, but a safety reminder before a holiday never hurt anyone, right?

Halloween is such an exciting holiday. Dressing up in costumes, running around your neighborhood with your friends, free candy, the decorations - they're all great. But, Halloween has proven to be a dangerous holiday, especially for kiddos.

Here are a few reminders to make sure your family stays safe:

Street smarts: walk on sidewalks, trails, or paths. Bring a flashlight or use your phone's flashlight in case there aren't any street lights or they aren't bright enough. Make sure your child is supervised while going house-to-house (either by you or a trusted friend). Wear reflectors or bright-colored clothing.

Stranger danger: NEVER go inside someone's house that you don't know. Remind your child that if someone invites them inside, immediately run away and get to a nearby parent.

Monitor candy: check all of the candy you bring home BEFORE you eat any! Make sure the package hasn't been tampered with. If any of your candy looks like it was opened, throw it away immediately.

Ration portions: It's easy to get carried away, especially if you have an entire bag of candy in your lap! Be sure to help your children pace themselves so they don't overindulge. No one wants to get sick from eating too much candy!

Driving on Halloween: be on high alert if you must drive. Plan to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Lots of distracted trick-or-treaters will slow you down, and rushing can only lead to bad things. Especially in neighborhoods, go less than speed limit, always check both ways, and make sure you stop so pedestrians can cross the street. You see them, but perhaps the car behind you won't.

With these few tips, we can all have fun and be able to go home safe at the end of the night.

Do you have any other helpful tips? Let us know!