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If your children are in preschool, or the early grades, be sure they go out with a parent or other adult you trust. Older children should trick-or-treat with a group of three or more. Remind all children to leave unwrapped treats alone until you've checked them for safety. Make sure children have lights to be visible to cars. Remind them to cross safely at corners as they would at other times. Warn them not to go inside houses unless they know the inhabitants well, and then not alone. Costumes should not impede movement or make it harder to see.
With that I shall wish you a happy Halloween, however you choose to spend it. Be safe, don't get sick on too much candy, and make sure your teens aren't out there begging without costumes.
Remember that houses without porch lights on may have good reasons for not welcoming treat-or-treaters. Some folks may be sick or be old and living alone, a bit afraid to open the door when they aren't sure it's an innocent young child ringing the bell. I, for one, will be recovering from surgery and trying to rest. Be kind and kindness will come back to you.