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7 tips for keeping your kids safe on Halloween

Staying safe on the trick-or-treat trail.

Sadly, many kids get hit by cars during Halloween. A little planning before the big night can go a long way toward keeping your children injury free. Safe trick-or-treating begins with your littles ones' costumes.

"Parents may think buying costumes that are too big allow children to wear the costumes for several years, but outfits that are too big can cause falls," said Dana Walraven, manager of Community Health Outreach at Cook Children's and coordinator of the Safe Kids Tarrant County Coaltion.

Use these tips as your kids are preparing for Halloween:

  1. Select costumes that fit well.
  2. Trick-or-treat with your children.
  3. To help drivers see kids in the dark, put reflective tape at the top and bottom of costumes. This lets drivers better see your kids' height and movement.
  4. Use face paint instead of masks so trick-or-treaters' vision isn't blocked.
  5. Plan a familiar trick-or-treating route on safe, well-lit streets, use sidewalks and cross the street at intersections.
  6. When crossing the street, use the crosswalk and make eye contact with the drivers so you know they see you and your group.
  7. Use a flashlight or glow stick to light the way.

For more safety information

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