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Trick-or-Treat: Being Spooky While Being Safe

With Halloween fast approaching, we won't tell you not to overindulge on candy, but the American Red Cross has a few other tips to make trick-or-treating safer.
Shelley Bierwiler, Southern Tier Chapter Executive, says that it's more important to be safe when trick-or-treating than it ever has been, as more kids spend less time outdoors, and more time indoors.  She says, as parents, you can start by making sure your child does not go trick-or-treating alone.

"One of the things we suggest is that, as you go out and you take your children, that they are accompanied by an adult at all times," Bierwiler said.  "It's really important to know where these kids are.  It's dark out, streets are busy, so, know where your children are."

Other tips for a safe trick-or-treaters:
- Look for flame-resistant costumes
- Plan the trick-or-treat route ahead of time
- Make sure adults know the route
- Make sure a responsible adult accompanies children
- Bring a flashlight
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags
- Wear light color clothing to be visible
- Visit only homes that have porch lights on
- Always accept treats at the door - never go inside
- Wear face paint or costume make up, instead of masks, to allow for maximum visibility
- Walk only on the sidewalks, if sidewalks are not available, use the edge of the roadway, facing traffic
- Look both ways before crossing the street, cross only at corners
- Don't cut across yards or use alleys
- Don't cross between parked cars
- Be cautious around pets or any animals

If staying home and passing out candy:
- Make sure outdoor porch light is turned on
- Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps
- Clear the porch of any obstacles that could be tripped over
- Restrain household pets
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid fire hazards

The Red Cross also advises all people taking part in Halloween activities to know step-by-step instructions on how to handle common first aid instructions.

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