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This is an exciting holiday that children of all ages participate in. Below is a list of things you can do to keep your child(ren) safe:
1. While trick-or-treating, make sure your child is wearing a costume that will keep her warm enough while walking through the neighborhood. Make sure it is not too long that she could trip over it. Brightly colored costumes will help make your child stand out in a crowd. Stay away from dangerous accessories, such as sharp sticks or swords.
2. Always trick-or-treat with an adult. Keep groups together and have enough responsible parents/adults for monitoring large groups of trick-or-treaters.
3. If you are handing out candy or toys to trick-or-treaters, keep your porch light on and your sidewalks cleared so that children can easily find their way to your door.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that pedestrian injuries are the most common injury affecting children on Halloween, therefore remember to travel on well-lit streets, cross at crosswalks with an adult, and have a cell phone available for emergencies. For more tips on Halloween safety, please visit aap.org. Have a safe and happy Halloween!