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      American Red Cross offers tips for a safe and fun Halloween

      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.


      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.


      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 doornever 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.


      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.