(CNN) – Trick-or-treating is an unofficial rite of passage for millions of children. It can be a frightfully fun time for all, if you follow a few rules of the road.
Experts caution, though, all that fun can come to a halt if an injury were to occur.
"This is a time when you have to be most vigilant because safety hazards are everywhere," Safe Kids Director Beverly Losman said.
So brush up on your street smarts before heading out.
For children twelve and under, adults should be present at all times.
"The best advice I would give is plan, strategize your route," Losman said.
In addition- flashlights help the children see and be seen. Reflective tape and glow sticks also help drivers see trick-or-treaters.
And motorists need to pay extra attention, too.
A recent report found that more than twice as many child pedestrians are hit and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Teach kids to cross at crosswalks, not in between cars.
If you take safety precautions, you won't have to go to the hospital, and the night won't be so scary after all.
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