Halloween is just days away and that means costumes, apple cider, candy, fun and of course trick-or-treating. Fort Collins police offer up some tips for keeping Halloween safe

While trick-or-treating:

• Go only to well-lit houses

• Do not enter a home unless accompanied by your parent

• Do not talk to strangers along the way

• Walk on the sidewalks, not in the street

• Travel in small groups

• Know your phone number and carry a cell phone for emergency telephone calls

• Be accompanied by an adult

• Bring treats home before eating them so your parents can inspect them

• Plan your route and share it with your parents

• Use flashlights

• Wear bright, reflective and flame retardant clothing

Adults should:

• Make certain hooded costumes or masks do not block a child’s vision, try makeup instead

• Accompany young children along their route

• Instruct older children to travel along a pre-established route and establish a return time

• Restrict trick-or-treating to homes with porch lights on

• Instruct children to never enter a strangers’ home

• Have your trick-or-treaters to bring home the candy before eating it so you can inspect their treats — if in doubt, throw it out

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape

• Prepare your home for trick-or-treaters

[ via City of Fort Collins ]

More Halloween safety information can be found by visiting the National Safety Council’s website.