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PLAY IT SAFE ON HALLOWEEN

Halloween can be one of the most fun days of the whole year. It's your big chance to use your imagination to dress up and become almost anyone -- or anything -- you can think of!

It may sound strange, but Halloween is not as safe as other days of the year. And we're not talking about ghosts and goblins haunting you, either!

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE SAFE ON HALLOWEEN?

It's easy to get so caught up in the scary fun of Halloween that some kids forget basic safety rules -- things like not talking to strangers, or watching for traffic when crossing the street.

Halloween is a night when lots of extra people are out walking from house to house while they trick-or-treat. That means drivers and people on bicycles have more people to watch out for in the road. And many trick-or-treaters wear dark costumes, which makes it even harder for people to see them in the dark.

But there are things you can do to help make sure you have fun on Halloween -- and stay safe!

BOO-TIFUL COSTUMES

You can start your plans to have a safe Halloween by thinking about costume safety.

Make sure your costume is short enough that you can walk in it without tripping.

Think about wearing makeup instead of a mask. It's safer because it's much easier to see where you're going if you don't have to look through tiny eyeholes. And a heavy rubber mask can be hot enough to make your face sweat, even on a cool fall night.

If you do wear a mask, be sure you can see where you're going. If you can't see easily, you should ask your mom or dad to cut out a little bit of the mask to make the eyeholes bigger.

It's also a good idea to wear something that glows in the dark as part of your costume. That makes it much easier for anyone driving a car or riding a bike to see you. If your costume doesn't have any "glow" potential, your mom or dad can buy reflective tape that you can stick on your costume.

TRICK OR TREAT, GIVE ME SOMETHING SAFE TO EAT

Who wouldn't want to tear into a big bag of candy and treats and start chomping? But it's important that you resist the urge to eat anything until you get home and can see exactly what you have.

Once you're in the light, look over your goodies with your mom or dad. He or she can help you find anything that might not be safe to eat, such as anything that's loose or unwrapped.

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