File photo by Noe Magaña.
File photo by Noe Magaña.

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Halloween is a time for candy, trick-or-treating and costumes, but also safety. 

There are many precautions one can take to have a safe night out while enjoying the festivities. According to and, parents and children can make the night safer with strategies that include adding reflective tape to costumes and staying in a group.

Ways to make costumes safer: 

  • Adding a glow-in-the-dark or reflective tape to the costume and the candy bag
  • Giving children glow sticks or flashlights to carry 
  • Selecting a costume that is not oversized, to prevent falls
  • Selecting a light-colored costume will be seen better at night
  • Choosing face paint over masks so as not to obstruct a child’s vision
  • Putting a name tag with a cell phone number on a child’s costume, in case they get lost

When trick-or-treating, be aware of drivers and pedestrians:

  • Look left and right when crossing the street, don’t assume cars will stop for pedestrians 
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths, and if you can’t, walk facing traffic
  • Look out for cars that are turning or backing up
  • Teach children to be aware of their surroundings and not run into the street or between parked cars

For older children who go out on their own:

  • Have a planned route
  • Go out with a group and carry a cell phone
  • Go to houses that have porch lights on and don’t go into strangers’ homes or cars

Once you’re home with a bag full of candy:

  • Check all the candy and treats to make sure they are sealed
  • Throw out any candy that is torn, has holes or spoiled 
  • Before eating the treats, have children wash their hands, and after eating brush their teeth
  • Keep track of how many treats children received; store the treats anywhere but their bedrooms

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Monserrat Solis covers San Benito County for BenitoLink as part of the California Local News Fellowship with UC Berkeley. A San Fernando Valley native, she's written for the Southern California News Group,...