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Costume, candy tips for Halloween lovers

Got the costume? Check. Candy? Check.

Then light the pumpkins, turn on the porch light and grab the kiddos, because you’re almost ready for Halloween. There are just a few things to consider before going out tonight, and if you still don’t have a costume, maybe you can find some inspiration below.

Costumes

Generation Y counts Halloween as its fourth favorite holiday (after Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s). Seniors (those 55 and older) rank it as last, according to Tada (www.tada.com/blog ), an online coupon site that tracks online shopping.

The site found that 38 percent of people surveyed by Bizrate said they will be putting on a costume, while 15 percent won’t wear one but will put one on their kid.

Some of the hot looks for this year include:

•Minion costume from the film “Despicable Me”

•Miley Cyrus

•“Duck Dynasty”

•Minecraft

•Fox from music video “What Does the Fox Say?”

•“Breaking Bad”

•“Great Gatsby”

•Minnie Mouse

•Batman

•Wonder Woman

Source: Google shopping, Experian Marketing Services

Safety tips

The Indiana State Police offers the following suggestions for keeping kids, and adults, safe during trick-or-treating:

•Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls

•Use makeup instead of a mask so it won’t obstruct a child’s vision

•Consider putting reflective tape on children’s costumes

•Instruct children to only stop at familiar homes where the outside lights are on; older kids should trick-or-treat with friends

•Remind children not to enter homes or cars with strangers

•Tell children not to eat any of their treats until they get home and are checked by a parent or guardian

•Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers

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