Halloween is a fun time to for children and a busy time for parents, but it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind as you get ready to celebrate what’s now known as America’s second largest holiday.

Here are some things to remember as your children prepare to go trick or treating and as you prepare to welcome witches, ghosts, ghouls and goblins to your front door.


-First: younger children shouldn’t trick or treat alone, so make sure an adult or responsible babysitter goes along to keep an eye on them.

-Second: it will get dark before trick-or-treating is over, so consider sticking reflective tape to your children’s candy bags or costumes so drivers can see them in the dark.

-Third: make sure your children stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks when crossing the street.

-Fourth: be aware of open candles inside jack-o’-lanterns and other decorations. Many costumes have pieces that could catch fire easily.

-And last but not least: If you’re handing out candy this Halloween season, consider avoiding products containing peanuts because of allergies.