Halloween is here and along with changing weather and briskly cold winds this year as usual will present safety challenges for trick-o-treaters and their families. The LSP has published a list of things to consider before venturing out onto darkened streets in haunt of candy treats. Also, this year and going forward you may start noticing more little monsters carrying blue Halloween buckets for their candy collections so look for those.

Let's all have a safe Halloween evening, and please look over these eight items to consider before you leave the house.

1. Parents ensure that your child carries a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wears reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location.

2. Masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles. Face painting is a safe option.

3. Costumes should fit children correctly and not drag the ground, as this could create a tripping hazard.

4. Children should be accompanied by adults/parents and should not be allowed to enter homes or vehicles without their supervision.

5. Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

6. Always walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

7. Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costume in the event they get separated or lost.

8. Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home.

As you drive through neighborhoods take extra precaution and go extra slow. Kids in masks my have severely reduced peripheral vision and never see you at all. Make sure you turn your headlights on even during daylight hours Hallows Eve for extra visibility. Note that other cars will be stopping and starting erratically in neighborhoods as kids are dropped off and picked up.

Needless to say, alcohol and driving do not mix. If your treats include booze make sure you designate a driver as police are on extra alert as well. If you're at a party and notice friends or family becoming impaired make sure you take responsibility for calling for a ride, taking them home or putting them up on your couch.

A Blue Bucket

While this trend is still in it's infancy, parents all over are picking up on it. If you see a child carrying a blue Halloween bucket it may mean the child is autistic or non-verbal. So if you see a child with a blue bucket, or other blue item to hold candy they may not be able to say 'trick or treat', please keep that in mind this year.

Happy Halloween everyone, and remember to send me every second Snickers bar you get.