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Children absolutely love Halloween — probably almost as much as Christmas and their birthday. After all, when else can they dress up as their favorite princess, crime-fighter or ghoul and get a bag full of goodies?


Most children will participate in school, church or community Halloween events this week, but some will also opt for the old-fashioned, door-to-door trick-or-treating — and that requires some observation of safety for both children and parents.


Since a majority of children who are dressing up to go door-to-door are 12 years old and under, they should not be allowed to go trick-or-treating alone. At least one parent or guardian should accompany a group of youngsters.


And everyone is urged to follow the times and curfews set by each town.


Other safety tips include:


— Make sure costumes do not inhibit movement, breathing or sight.


— Make sure each costume can be seen, even in the dark.


— If it is chilly out, be sure to dress your child warmly.


— Always have a working flashlight available.


— Be vigilant when crossing streets, especially in the twilight hours.


— Set specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating.


— Try to trick-or-treat in areas you know well.


— Set a firm curfew.


— Be sure your child does not enter any home, no matter what.


— Take along a cell phone.


— Do not let your child or part of the group become separated.


— Do not attempt to approach a dark house or one where a dog is present.


— Remind your trick-or-treaters not to eat anything given them until they get home.


— Once home, toss out any homemade or unwrapped items.


Halloween can be a lot of fun — for children and parents alike — but taking precautions are necessary. For more Halloween safety tips, simply Google the words “Halloween safety tips.”


And then, enjoy this hallowed holiday.

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