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5 Tips for Staying Safe This Halloween

Oct 28, 2016 01:42PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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This time of year can be very exciting. Costumes are out, the weather is getting cooler, and free candy is readily available for any little cutie on Halloween night. However, it's important to be cautious and make safe choices, as well.

Now, we all know to be cautious of the Halloween candy that children receive. That's a given. But what else can someone do to make the night safer? We've compiled 5 tips to consider while out trick-or-treating this Halloween. 

1. See and Be Seen

It's getting darker so much earlier, and that means that it can be trickier being noticed once that sun goes down. Adding glow-in-the-dark gear to your child's clothing, as well as some reflective tape in a few spots, is an easy way to be more noticed. 

2. Keep it Short & Sweet 

Long costumes can be so much fun, but tripping definitely isn't. Making sure that the costumes being work are above the feet is a great way to prevent tripping. 

3. Find a Buddy

If your children are old enough to go it alone on Halloween, be sure that they have a friend or relative with them. It's safest to enforce the buddy system, and that also prevents them from losing each other. 

4. Map It Out 

Have a plan of attack ready to go before leaving the house. Map out the neighborhoods you want to hit, and the routes to navigate them. This will help make the trip less stressful and more enjoyable. As an added bonus, it also helps you not get lost! 

5. These Boots Weren't Made For Walking 

Be sure to dress your child, and yourself, in comfortable shoes. This will make the whole night that much more enjoyable. The glass slippers and pirate boots can be work when you get home! 

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