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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Halloween is in a few days, now is the time to start planning for a safe and fun trick-or-treat outing.

Be sure masks, clothes and shoes fit properly to help avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Make sure accessories such as swords, knives and similar costume items are short, soft and flexible.

If a costume involves make-up or painting the skin, test a small area of the skin in case of an allergic reaction. When you are finished trick-or-treating, was the skin before going to sleep to prevent potential skin and eye irritation.

Don’t let your children trick-or-treat alone. Make sure that they are with you or another trusted adult.

Most trick-or-treating is done after dark, when it’s harder for drivers to see. Put reflective tape on your costumes and bags, and carry a flashlight so it will be easier for drivers and others to see you and your children.

Make sure to use crosswalks whenever possible, and stay on the sidewalk. If you have to walk on the road, stay on the far edge.

Only let your children visit well-lit houses and never let then enter a stranger’s car or home.

Stay away from lit candles and luminaries and wear flame resistant costumes.

Examine treat before eating anything. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking candies or homemade treats. Candy has a lot of sugar, so be sure to limit the amount you child eats to prevent them from getting sick.

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