Keep your kids safe this halloween

(StatePoint) Trick-or-treating is all fun and games -- but don’t forget to take a few key safety precautions to keep kids safe.

Parents should map out a well-lit trick-or-treating route in advance of Halloween and accompany kids on the journey. All the streets you visit should have a sidewalk or safe walking area. If you will be trick-or-treating after sundown, stick to costumes that are brightly colored or reflective.

Travel in groups with other friends and family, and remember to skip houses with the porch light off -- that’s a signal that these homes are not welcoming trick-or-treaters.

When you get back home, parents should inspect candy right away before letting kids dig into their stash.

While Halloween is one of the most joyous holidays for children, it’s important to follow a few basic safety guidelines.

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