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18 Thursday, October 30, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Halloween is a fun holiday for kids but for parents it is often a time of concern for their children&apos;s safety. As a public service, Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa offers the following safety suggestions from the National Crime Prevention Council to help make Halloween a treat for all. Make sure your children are dressed safely. Light colors and reflective tape will help others to see your trick-or-treaters while they are out on the street. Masks can make it dangerously hard for your children to see where they are going, try using face makeup instead. Shorter costumes will reduce the chances of tripping and falling or getting clothes caught in unseen obstacles in the dark. Always check that costumes are flame retardant. While they are out on the street, it is best to keep children in groups and parents should always accompany young children. Map out a safe route in advance for the older kids so you know where they will be. Tell them they should only stop at familiar homes where the outside lights are on and remind them never to enter a stranger's house or car. If you can, do your trick-or-treating when it is still light out. If it is dark, try to use well-lighted streets and make sure someone brings along a flashlight. Unfortunately, not all the treats handed out on Halloween are safe. Make it clear to your children not to eat any treats until they get home. Feed them a meal or snack before they head out so they aren't so tempted to dig in while they are still out. Check out all treats in a well-lighted place. Only allow your children to eat unopened candies and other treats that are sealed in their original wrappers. Check homemade treats and fruit very carefully for anything suspicious. Finally, once you've determined the treats are safe, remind your little ghost or goblin not to eat them all at once unless they want their stomachs to play some mean tricks on them. Photos by Patti Babcock ] ; t<{7 7:], ......... 7