Halloween is creeping closer, so it's time to get those costumes ready and grab your trick-or-treat bags. This will be the first year, that my daughter won't be going out but here are some things that she knew to do before she left the house.

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Before you and your kids go searching for candy, the Endicott Police Department has some tips to keep your kids safe whether they're younger or older.

Trick or Treating Tips For Older Kids

Before you set out on your candy quest, make sure to give a heads-up to an adult that you trust. Tell them where you're going and when you plan to be back. It's just a good way to let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.

Don't forget to bring your cell phone and make sure that it's completely charged. You never know when you might need to call your friends or call for help if you get into a spooky situation.

The more the merrier, right? Head out with your friends and stick together as you score treats from door to door. Don't go out alone.

Only go to the houses that have their porch lights on. That's the secret trick-or-treating code for "Come on in, we have candy!" Stay away from dark houses, it's like they're saying "Sorry, no candy today!"

Halloween decorations can be scary cool but stay away from flickering candles and other fiery stuff. You don't want your costume going up in smoke or accidentally knocking things over.

This one's a serious one. No matter what anyone tries to tempt you with, never get inside a stranger's house car.

Trick or Treating Tips for Little Kids

Always have a superhero adult by your side when trick-or-treating. They'll help you through the neighborhood and keep an eye out during your candy mission.

If you get separated, lost or scared, remember the magic number - 911. It's your secret weapon to call for help when you need it most and believe me, adults will be right there in a flash for you.

Finally, it's a good idea to know your home phone number or your parent's cellphone number. Just in case you need to call them.

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