Ways to avoid a real scare on Halloween

ARDMORE, OK -- Halloween is just around the corner and there is some tips, or should we say "tricks", that will help keep your family and trick-or-treaters safe.

Before kids start transforming into ghouls and goblins, officials are asking trick-or-treaters to plan ahead in order maintain a spooky but safe night. The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma has made a list of "13 Lucky Tips" you can use to protect yourself from more than just vampires and werewolves.

Just days away from Halloween and 4-year-old Sydney Daugherty knows exactly what she is going to be.

"It's Tinkerbell," Sydney said. "You're going to dress as Tinkerbell" Sydney's mother Jill laughed.

However, decisions about how to trick-or-treat safely were the top priority for the Daugherty family.

"Her costume it's got lots of lights on it and she'll be with Mommy and Daddy that night so we'll be watching after her and holding hands," Daugherty said.

Red Cross Director of Communications Rusty Surette says while Halloween is sure to be a thrill for the kids it can be downright scary for parents, and remembering some simple tips can keep your kids safe from possible dangers.

"The best thing to do is just to be aware of your surroundings, stay in a group, try to stay with a parent or guardian near by, and don't go into dark areas," Surette said.

Surette recommends mapping out a route ahead of time, adding reflective tape to costumes and painting on masks to maintain clear vision; however, he says safety isn't limited to trick or treaters.

"Homeowners you can help out. Light up your yard as much as possible, but watch it with the candles those can turn into a fire danger," Surette said.

Surette also says it is a good idea to carry around a source of light like a glow stick or flashlight, and to keep a first aid kit handy.

Suggestions that the Daugherty's know can mean the difference between a night of real scares and a happy Halloween.

Surette also says another important thing to remember, that is easy to forget, is check your candy before eating it. There's list of ways you can practice Halloween Safety. For the "13 Lucky Tips" check out this link http://okc.redcross.org/media/Halloween_Safety_Tips.pdf.


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