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Tips to Keep Goblins and Ghouls Safe

Weston Police Detective Carl Filsinger advised parents to talk to their children about the National Safety Council 's suggestions on keeping the trick-or-treating experience safe this Halloween.

With costumes, children should wear only fire-retardant materials, and costumes should be loose, so that warmer clothing can be worn underneath. Costumes should not be long and baggy, causing children to trip. If kids are out after dark, they should wear light-colored clothing and pieces of reflective materials.

Instead of masks, try to use face paint, so children can see clearly. Check for labels on the paint that say, "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Non-Toxic" and "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics." If a mask is used, make sure the eye, nose and mouth openings are large.

Any weapons for the costumes should be made from cardboard or other flexible materials; children should not carry any sharp objects. Trick-or-treating bags should be light-colored or lined in reflective materials. Children out after dark should carry flashlights.

All children should be with a responsible adult or responsible child over 12. Discuss the trick-or-treating route in advance: Children should stay in familiar areas and visit only well-lit homes and never go inside. Pin a piece of paper with your child's address and your contact information into their costume, in case they get lost or separated from their group.

Children should not eat any candy until they return home, so that you can check it.

Kids should follow traffic safety rules and walk on sidewalks, not in the street, if possible.

Motorists must also take extra care. Drivers should keep a look out for children running between cars, enter and exit driveways with care, and watch for children in dark clothing.

"Read these with your children," Filsinger said. "There is something here for everyone to consider."

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