Happy Halloween: Keep it Safe

Get ready to put the happy in Halloween with these simple tips for staying safe. Although there's plenty of fun to be had, this harrowing holiday can be downright spooky if you aren't careful. This trick for treating your family to a good time is to proceed with caution. There are some basic guidelines to help you make it through the Halloween holiday without a hitch. If you're including pumpkin primping in your festivities, remember these tips. You should do the carving - not your child. Don't leave lit pumpkins unattended when you go trick or treating. Of course, trick or treating also calls for plenty of safety measures. Children should never go into a stranger's house. When going from house to house, your child should stay in a group. There's truth to the old saying, "safety in numbers." Make sure your child doesn't stray ahead of the pack. Cross the street with your children, and always look both ways.

Halloween is pretty hectic, but the same precautions you practice year round when crossing the street should be observed. When you're choosing a costume, go for one that's reflective and bright so you're child can be seen. Be sure that they were comfortable shoes and costumes so that they don't trip or become tangled up. Any sword, knife or other accessories shouldn't be too long or too sharp. Carry a flashlight - and use it - when trick or treating. Bring a cell phone with you in case of an emergency. Plan a route that includes well-lit streets. Stay on the sidewalks - if there aren't any sidewalks, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Avoid cutting across yards or alleys. Only hit homes that are lit up. Don't ever accept a ride from a stranger. Even though you're an adult, you're still at risk. Go through all of your children's candy before they dive in and weed out any treats that are unwrapped, suspicious or spoiled.