Halloween Kid Safety 101

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Jae Jae, a four year old Sumatran tiger, is seen through a viewing window as he sits beside a pumpkin placed in his enclosure during a Halloween event for the media at London Zoo in London, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

EUGENE, Ore. - How do keep kids safe on Halloween?

"We were thinking about the mall," said Shane Smith. "More controlled, safe for our kids, plus the rain."

"We don't let them out of our sight," grandmother Arlene Gurton said. "We have one adult per child."

It's good to take stock of safety, because it isn't the zombies, witches and monsters you should you really be afraid of on halloween.

"You have to watch out for traffic," Dr. Goffrey Simmons said. "They get so excited they'll run in front of cars. There's a number of kids who get run over every year."

Simmons said you should cross the street at crosswalks and try to walk in well-lit areas.

And he has tips for those passing out candy, too.

"One is having your own home entry way cleared of things they may slip on," he said. "Not having jack-o-lanterns that have fires or a candle on them that can catch fire."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has other recommendations for parents:
 

  • Hold a flashlight to help you see in the dark
  • Only walk on sidewalks
  • Wear well-fitted costumes and masks so kids dont trip and fall.

Simmons said there probably isn't a chance of poison apples or razorblades in your candy, but "anything that looks tampered, toss it. Any question that you have, toss it. Don't fiddle with it."