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Halloween is a week away. Hopefully, it will be full of heavy candy bags and happy treaters. But, as with all activities it is important that safety always be kept in mind and part of the overall plan. It is imperative that everyone keep a vigilant eye out.

There are some great safety tips Halloween On line

For Kids

Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.

Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.

Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It's best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.

Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating.

For Adults

Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them.

The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them, see if another parent or a teen aged sibling can go along.

Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions.

Make sure you set a time that they should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time.

Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.

Explain to your kids that animal cruelty is not acceptable. Kids may know this on their own but peer pressure can be a bad thing. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.

a number of other great posts:

Think SAFETY This Halloween, John Inserra | October 25, 2012 3:59 PM

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!, Millie Suk | October 24, 2012 10:37 AM

Pumpkins, Hayrides and Band-Aids – Parents Watch Your Kids!, Lindsay Rakers | October 21, 2012 1:36 PM

Halloween Doesn't Have to Be So Scary, Jackie Fedeli| October 25, 2011 10:04 AM

Halloween Safety: Keeping Our Kids Out of Harm's Way, John Lowery October 25, 2011 7:32 PM

Halloween Safety Tips To Keep Trick-or-Treaters, Your Home, and Your Pets Safe, David Mittleman | October 14, 2011 10:00 AM

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