Are you hesitant to take your kids door-to-door for Halloween this year? Here are some tips to help keep your kids safe on the 31st. Hopefully these precautions and tips will help ease your mind.

*Make sure your kids wear comfortable shoes.

*Hem costumes to prevent tripping or contact with an open flame.

*Add reflectors or reflective tape to costumes and/or trick-or-treat bags.

*Bring a flashlight with fresh batteries for all children and accompanying parents.

*Teach your children how to call 911 in case of an emergency.

*If children (12 and over recommended) are without supervision, be sure to plan and review a safe route and agree on a specific time and place to meet up.

*Only go to homes with the porch light on.

*Never enter a home or car.

*Always use crosswalks to cross the street when possible, looking left, right then left again before crossing.

*Tell children to put down their cell phone, treat basket or electronic device while crossing the street.

*Have kids carry glow sticks to help passing drivers’ visibility.

Still not comfortable with the idea of door-to-door trick or treating? Check out our list of safe Halloween events throughout the Capital District.