Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with few street crossings.

Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

• When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.

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