Halloween tips for last-minute trick-or-treaters

Halloween is upon us, but there is still time to pick up a quick costume for those who waited until the last minute. Many drugstores, such as Walgreens, carry a large selection of inexpensive costumes, although shelves are starting to become sparse. There are also many specialty stores that spring up during the holiday season, and costumes of all types, from werewolves to princesses, are almost always on hand.

Picking out costumes, getting dressed up and trick-or-treating are all part of what makes Halloween a fun holiday for all ages. But with the fun comes issues of safety, especially for those who have children.

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few tips that parents should keep in mind before sending their kids out to trick-or-treat.Buy a fire proof or fire retardant costumeAttach reflective tape to your child's clothingAvoid masks that cover your child's eyesMake sure your child has a flashlightMake sure an adult or responsible teenager chaperonesKnow the route the trick-or-treaters are takingTell kids to never enter a stranger's home and to only go to well lit homes or apartment buildingsTell kids not to eat any candy until they are homePlace a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number in a pocketCheck with your local police department to find out if there are any curfew restrictions for your children

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