On Halloween night our communities will be taken over by little ghosts and goblins along with the occasional Elsa and Anna, and Spider-Man.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has some great tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe.

Kids’ Safety Tips

• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Always walk on sidewalks and choose well-lit streets.
• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
• Never accept rides from a stranger.

Parents’ Safety Tips

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors.
• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
• When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Home Safety Tips

• Remove from the porch and front yard anything that a child could trip over.
• Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
• Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
• Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

Drivers’ Safety Tips

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
• Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, in medians, and on curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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