On Halloween, we spoof the things that scare us - but it's crucial that we don't take personal safety as lightly as we do ghosts, clowns and goblins.
Here are some quick ways to reduce your safety risk this October 31.
Stick with a group
It's true - there's power in numbers!
Watch your drink
If you're 21 or older and plan on consuming alcohol, keep an eye on your drink. Don't accept free alcohol, and watch as the bartender prepares your drink. Steer clear of "wop" or any drink that was hand-mixed and left out at a party. When in doubt, throw it out.
Whether you or your little one have a sweet tooth this Halloween, remember to inspect your candy haul before digging in. Look out for anything suspicious such as pinholes, torn wrappers or homemade treats.
Carry a personal safety tool
Going trick-or-treating? Out to a college party? Or just staying in to hand out candy? No matter what you do on Monday, carry a keychain pepper gel. Gel is ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications, as it won't affect others in the immediate area and virtually eliminates wind blowback.
Trust your gut
Is someone or someplace giving you the creeps? Then steer clear.