Happy Halloween!

Here is wishing you a fun but safe Halloween! If you have kids who are going trick or treating you probably know the basic rules of safety, but I would like to post them here anyway. The world is a much different place than it was when I was growing up. We used to often get things like homemade popcorn balls when we went trick or treating and it never crossed our minds to wonder if someone would poison us.

I can't decide if were were just lucky or if people are meaner. But hey, we only went to people's houses that we knew, too, so that makes a difference.

Here are the standard rules of Halloween safety:

Always use common sense.

Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.

Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.

Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.

Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.

Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.

Be very cautious of strangers.

Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.

Be sure and say thank you for your treats.

Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.

Visit only houses where the lights are on.

Walk, Do not run.

Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.

Take a cellular phone with you if possible.

Wear a watch.

Carry a flashlight.