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Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are urging parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is fun, no one should forget about safety.

This Halloween, take a moment to consider the following basic safety precautions to help make this year’s Halloween a safe and fun night for children.

Before Halloween

? Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

n Make sure children know your cell phone number, their home telephone number and address in case you get separated.

n Consider giving them a cell phone so they can reach you easily.

n Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.

n Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting and kicking.

On Halloween

n Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.

n Never send younger children out alone — they should be with a parent, guardian or other trusted adult.

n Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.

n Don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.

n Be sure children do not approach any vehicle unless you are with them.

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