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Are you expecting a tiny Darth Vader, Minnie Mouse and maybe a super hero or two this Halloween? According to the latest U.S. Census, there are about 41 million potential trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14. That’s a lot of candy bars! Keep your home’s little visitors smiling with these five quick and easy Halloween safety tips.

Clear the drive

Avoid an accidental “trick” by putting away any stray toys, garden tools or home improvement equipment. If possible, move big items such as bikes and cars into the garage for safe keeping.

Sweep up

Clear any leaves or sticks from the driveway, sidewalk and front porch. Also double-check to make sure pumpkins and holiday decor are placed to the side of all walkways. Little feet can be especially tender.

Walk the lawn

Kids aren’t exactly known for sticking to the rules. Don’t expect them to stick to walkways, either. Do a thorough once-over of front lawns. Be especially mindful of uneven ground and any sharp or protruding objects such as rocks, sprinkler heads or pot holes.

Check your lights

In many communities, a bright porch light indicates a Halloween-friendly home. Expecting visitors? Now’s the perfect time to replace any broken or burned-out bulbs. Going out for the night? Keep your porch light turned off.

Put away pets

For pets, doorbells and trick-or-treat screaming can cause excessive excitement or fear. Before kicking off Halloween celebrations, tuck any furry friends in a quiet spot.

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