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ALL TREATS, NO TRICKS FOR HALLOWEEN

Published Oct. 27, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG

Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment. So be safe and have fun on this ghoulish holiday by following a few tips:

- Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

- Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.

- Cross the street only at corners.

- Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too!)

- Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

- Carry a flashlight to light your way.

- Keep away from open fires and candles. (Some costumes can be extremely flammable.)

- Visit homes that have the porch lights on.

- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.

- Be cautious of animals and strangers.

- Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened.