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    Dearborn Police want kids and parents to have fun, but keep a few safety tips in mind for Halloween

    DEARBORN, MI — Official trick-or-treat times vary from community to community, but according to Dearborn Police, there are no set times that are enforced. So, homeowners can probably expect to see a variety of super heroes, ghosts, witches and clowns well before 6 p.m. and past 8 p.m.

    According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for Halloween looks mighty chilly. After a mostly cloudy day with a high near 42 degrees, temperatures will dip down all the way to 32 with winds 11-14 mph. No rain or snow is predicted, however.

    • Parents should help their children pick out a costume that will be safe. The costumes should be fire resistant, masks should have eyeholes large enough to allow for good peripheral vision, and finally, the costume should allow free movement.
    • If your child will be carrying a prop such as a pitchfork or a sword, make sure the tips are flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Of course, never carry real weapons of any kind.
    • If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes will not accidentally be set on fire. Better yet, use battery operated pumpkin lights!
    • Make sure you know the route your children will be taking for trick or treating if you are not going with them.
    • The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with the children during trick or treating. If you cannot go with your child see if another parent or a teenaged sibling can.
    • Children should stay together as a group if going trick or treating without an adult.
    • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Tell your children to only cross streets at crosswalks.
    • Instruct your children never to go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
    • Make sure you set a time for your children to be home and stress the importance for them to be home at that time.

    Source: patch.com

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