Follow these Halloween safety tips while trick-or-treating

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When approaching a crosswalk or intersection, even if you, as a pedestrian, have the right of way, check to ensure a driver has stopped and also make eye contact with the driver so they know you are there.

In the past few years, more families in MI and across the nation have opted to hand out non-food treats at Halloween, such as small toys and games, which Sawyer said also makes the holiday more inclusive for kids with food allergies.

We want everyone to enjoy Halloween, to insure the evening is as safe as possible the Indiana Department of Homeland Security offered the following tips.

"Don't just assume that people see you", Seawood said.

The New Glasgow Regional Police advise safety for everyone involved during the excitement of Halloween.

♦ Look in all directions before crossing a street, and obey traffic lights.

Park your auto in your garage and lock it, to prevent vandalism. The sheriff's office is also reminding parents that children should never trick-or-treat alone.

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♦ Don't take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks. "This generation of children could have shorter lives - actually as much as five years shorter lifespan - than their parents, simply because of the risk factors that go along with obesity", she said.

Children under 12 should have adult supervision.

♦ Accept only commercially wrapped candy - discard all candy that is not wrapped or candy with wrapping that appears to be punctured.

But for trick or treaters of any age, make costumes more visible.

Kids all over the country partake in this one-night event, after weeks of anticipating the moment they can put on their costumes.

Erie said make sure your pets have proper ID collars with tags that include the pet's name as well as your address and phone number if it escapes.

♦ Swords, knives and other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

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