Now that Halloween is just around the corner, you’re probably getting into the spooky spirit with family and friends. But whatever your plans are this year, it’s important to keep some basic safety tips in mind.

Check out these suggestions for helping to make Halloween safe and fun for all the little trick-or-treaters out there.

If you’re at home…

For the parents who are holding down the fort at home to greet other trick-or-treaters, the following tips will help you keep things safe around the house:

  • Be careful with fire – While fire is great for haunting decorations, it can also be a hazard if you aren’t careful. Any flames should be monitored closely and kept out of reach of small children.
  • Keep pets inside – Some kids might get a little spooked by your pets, and your pet might be on edge with all the activity going on outside.
  • Clear out the lawn – Halloween decorations on the lawn might lead kids to trip and fall once it’s dark outside. Decorating is part of the fun, but try to keep it de-cluttered.
  • Carve with caution – Carving pumpkins is potentially dangerous for adults, not to mention small children. Do not let your young children handle knives, and always supervise older kids.

If you’re trick-or-treating…

If your child is old enough to go on the hunt for candy, here are some things you can do to ensure he or she stays safe:

  • Tag along – Join in on the Halloween fun! If your child is under 12, it is recommended that he or she has supervision while trick-or-treating.
  • Dress up safely – Avoid oversized clothes that could make your child trip, and make sure that masks or fake beards don’t affect his or her breathing.
  • Watch out for traffic – Make sure your kids look before crossing the street or passing through a driveway. You may want to bring a flashlight to make things easier to see.
  • Check out your child’s treats – Before you let your child dive into the candy, take the time to inspect everything in the bag.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween, families!