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Buzzlightyear, also known as Jordan, a 3-year-old child, recieves candy from fire inspector, Jimmy Raines while trick-or-treating. MCB Quantico fire station and police officers were patrolling around base housing to make sure all is safe and sound on Halloween night.

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Trick-o-Treat safety tips

30 Oct 2013 | Quantico Public Affairs Marine Corps Base Quantico

There will be several trick-or-treating opportunities on base this year including the housing areas on base. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

-Only trick-or-treat at houses that have a standing/porch light on. Residents who do not wish to participate in trick-or-treating should leave their standing lights off as a sign.

-Have each child carry or wear something reflective and/or lighted - a flashlight, flashing/reflective attire or flashing/light-up shoes are all good examples.

-Adults should plan a route in advance and check it during daylight hours for obstacles such as areas under construction, or other obstacles that could potentially trip and injure trick-or-treaters.

-When picking a trick-or-treat costume, goody bag or container, think "practical" over "cute". Avoid costumes that drag on the ground to prevent tripping and be sure a child's mask does not limit their visibility and does not restrict free breathing. Be sure children do not get over-heated and remain hydrated.

-Trick-or-treaters should walk, not run, and should never cut across lawns or driveways. Obstacles could exist that are not readily visible in the evening.

-Only carry flexible props - knives, swords, ninja items, etc. That will not cause injury if a child accidentally falls. No play prop should resemble the real item. Consider leaving play weapons at home. Trick-or-treating should be a fun and positive experience for everyone.

-All candy and treats should be inspected by an adult prior to consumption.

-Adults should ensure that children stay out of the roadway and walk on sidewalks where available.

-Drivers should reduce their speed and watch for children crossing the roadway.
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