Halloween is less than a week away! This time of year, it's always good to review the usual safety tips to make sure it's a fun and enjoyable day and night for everyone.

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    Safe Costumes

    Costumes should feature reflective material and/or bright colors. Kids are encouraged to wear make-up instead of a mask when possible, so as not to inhibit their vision.

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    Traffic Safety

    Kids are more often hit by a car between October 30 and November 1 than any other time. If you're considering celebrating with alcohol, assign a designated driver, get a taxi or call an Uber. Kids, use sidewalks whenever possible, otherwise stay to the far side of the road facing traffic.

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    Check out the Neighborhood

    Use our list of sex offender addresses to know where to avoid, and stay in neighborhoods that are familiar and well-lit for trick-or-treating.

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    When to Go Out

    The best times for trick-or-treating are generally between 5:30-9:30 p.m. Our handy guide gives you the designated hours for your area, if there are any.

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