SEATTLE -- To keep the spooky surprises to a minimum, there are some Halloween safety tips to consider.
Before the trick-or-treating begins, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want families to look at its Halloween safety list.
The CDC recommends that trick-or-treaters:
- Make sure swords, knives, and similar costume accessories are short, soft and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all candy for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Also walk and don't run from house to house.
- Test make-up in a small area first, and remove it before bedtime to avoid skin and eye irritation.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- Do not eat homemade treats made by strangers
- Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
King County has additional Halloween safety tips at this website takewinterbystorm.org.