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    Top five tips for a safe, fun, and spooktacular Halloween

    submitted by R. Tyler Tomlinson, Esq., Stark & Stark

    Autumn is a great time for family fun, yet one that can be filled with frights you didn’t anticipate. Here are five safety tips to help you and your family maximize the holiday fun:

    1. Make plans in advance. From the people you and your kids go trick-or-treating with, to the route you plan to take, it’s a great idea to know all the details and share them with the group to minimize unexpected frights for all.
    2. Incorporate reflective or glow in the dark pieces to your kids’ costumes. Trick-or-treating brings a lot of excitement, and kids love to run from home to home. Make sure the cars on the road can see them!
    3. Remember the cell phones. This is especially true for older children who may be trick-or-treating without a parent. Make sure they can call you if they need to and you can find them when you must!
    4. Keep your home safe. Be cautious of wires, extension cords, or other items that could cause someone to trip and fall when visiting your home. Keep paths well lit and pets away from visitors.
    5. Inspect all candy before eating. Be sure all treats are sealed and throw out any candy with torn wrappers. Also, discard homemade baked good that were not made by someone you know.

    Following these simple tips can help make your family’s Halloween a frightfully good time!