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Should you let your kids trick-or-treat this year?

Parents may be torn on whether or not to allow their children to participate in Halloween activities like trick-or-treating. But it can be hard to resist that pleading.

If you decide to allow the kids to trick-or-treat this Halloween, the following tips may keep them safer and avoid a tragic incident.

Trick-or-treat in groups

Young children should always be accompanied by their parents. Older kids should go in groups, as there is safety (and visibility) in numbers.

Obey all traffic laws

Kids should only cross streets using crosswalks. When there are none, only cross at the corner intersection.

Be wary of stranger danger

No child should ever enter a home to get a treat or walk up to a car if the driver calls them over. Teach them to always remain aware of their surroundings.

Wear highly visible costumes

This year, Halloween will be on the second full moon of the month, an astronomical phenomenon that occasionally occurs and is referred to as a "blue moon." So, while the skies may be brighter than usual, there could also be cloud cover from inclement weather. Make sure your child's costume will reflect light from headlights by adding some fluorescent tape or paint to it.

Let parents inspect the candy

Make sure that your child is well-fed when heading out for trick-or-treat so that they can refrain from sampling their candy loot until you have inspected it.

Parents, should your child suffer injuries in an accident on Halloween, you will need to be prepared to get them the medical treatment they need. You may then decide to file a claim for damages in the civil court system to recover some financial compensation.

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