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Safe Kids Grand Forks offers tips on having a safe Halloween

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GRAND FORKS — The old advice is to check over candy after a night of trick-or-treating. But safety experts say each Halloween they see far more cases of kids getting hit by cars than kids finding tainted treats.

"On Halloween, kids are twice as lucky to be hit by a car than any other day of the year," explains Carma Hanson with Safe Kids Grand Forks .

Her organization has two important safety messages for kids and parents as they go to pick out costumes, and they both have to do with visibility.

The first is that it might be a good idea to use face paint instead of a mask. Hanson said wearing masks can limit trick-or-treaters' peripheral vision.

But parents shouldn't just make sure their kids can see. They should make sure they can be seen as well.

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"We want something on them that is reflective ... something that will catch a driver's attention," Hanson said.

Safe Kids Grand Forks gives away glowsticks, flashlights and reflective tape to do just that.

Another alternative that might work for younger children is a family-friendly trick-or-treat event at a business or in a parking lot.

More information on those events can be found on this page .

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