Other basic (but important) safety items:
• To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating.
• Teach your kids to only go to houses where the lights are on, and to accept treats at the door but never go inside a house.
• Older kids should never trick-or-treat alone -- ideally, they will be with at least two friends, but groups of 3-5 are better.
• If you aren't trick-or-treating with your child, make sure you know their route and set a curfew. Cell phones can be carried in case of emergency.
• Road rules need to be reinforced on Halloween: look both ways before crossing street; cross at crosswalks; walk on sidewalks, not in middle of street; and walk, don't run.
What's the bottom line?
Halloween can be great fun, but you need to be aware of basic safety issues. Make sure your kids cross at the crosswalk and stay on the sidewalk. Cars are really the biggest safety risk on Halloween.