Tips for keeping trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween

One of the most fun and memorable nights of the year can quickly become dangerous for children out trick-or-treating.

According to the Safe Kids Wichita Area coalition, the official bewitching hours for trick-or-treaters is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

During those hours, drivers are especially encouraged to slow down in residential neighborhoods, be alert, and look for children at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Ronda Lusk, of the Safe Kids Wichita Area coalition, offers the following tips for parents for a safe Halloween:

* Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Make sure all people in your group use traffic signals and crosswalks to safely cross the street.

Remember the rules: Look left, right and left again when crossing. Walk, don't run, across the street.

* Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

* Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.

* Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better. Masks can often obstruct vision, so choose non-toxic paint and make-up whenever possible.

* And, finally, check candy for possible signs of tampering before allowing children to eat. Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers.

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