Children should go out during daylight, unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Plan your route, stopping at familiar houses in your own neighborhood. Small children should not be allowed to go out alone, make sure an older sibling or adult is with them. Set times with your kids. Know where they are headed and the route they will be taking. If your route is near back alleys or fields, make sure your children know not to take the tempting short cuts. As tempting as they may be, make sure none of the treats are eaten until they are examined by an adult. Review steps to take when approached by a stranger, strange cars, or strange homes. Make sure your children have plenty of lighting on them, including flashlights and reflective tape on their costumes. Make sure your children know to stay with the group they have planned to go with.
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