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Halloween Safety Hinges on Parents and Drivers

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:03:51 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 09:39:38 AM AKDT

The streets of Anchorage are about to get a lot spookier as little ghosts, goblins and YouTube stars prepare to go door-to-door in search of Halloween candy.

While Halloween is a fun holiday, it also raises some safety concerns -- and the Alaska Injury Prevention Center has a few recommendations for keeping your kids safe.

When buying a costume, be aware that masks can reduce visibility for a child, and long capes and dresses can be a tripping hazard.

While everyone wants to have fun on Halloween night, they should also be safe, especially with less light this time of year.

The No. 1 safety concern is traffic. On a night when many children are on the streets in costume, AIPC staff say both parents and motorists can do their part to improve safety.

“Keeping kids on sidewalks crossing at corners, drivers putting away their cellphones and slowing down in residential areas,” said the center's Beth Schuerman.

Sschuerman recommends that children carry a flashlight and wear reflective tape, so they can be seen from far away.