Newswise — Here are some common sense suggestions from the Center for Young Children at the University of Maryland to make sure your child's Halloween is both safe and sound:

For Trick or Treaters:

*Carry a flashlight. *Stay on sidewalks. *Obey traffic signals. *Wear a watch you can read in the dark. *Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground. *Shoes should fit. *Avoid wearing masks that block sight. *Wear clothing with reflective markings. *Approach houses that are lit. *Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.

For Parents

*Make sure your child eats dinner before setting out. *Ideally young children should be accompanied by an adult. *If you buy a costume look for one that is flame retardant. *You should know where older children will be going. *Be sure children bring candy home before eating to be sure that it is safe to eat.

The Center for Young Children has a rich history of educating young children in College Park, Maryland, for more than fifty years. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children , the Center for Young Children (CYC) is a full day developmental program that employs highly qualified teachers to educate and care for the children of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland in College Park. As a laboratory school within the College of Education and the Department of Human Development , the CYC also participates as a member of the Prince George's County and Montgomery County's Professional Development School Network. Get more information by calling: 301-405-3168.