Tips and Events for Staying Safe on Halloween

Halloween may be all about ticks and treats, but it's also important to keep safety in mind.

For parents weary of taking kids door-to-door for some trick-or-treating, the University of Virginia is hosting two Halloween events.

The first is U.Va.'s annual "Trick-or-Treating on The Lawn." The tradition was started by students in the late 1980's. Children are invited to dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat at each of the 54 lawn rooms.

There will also be a trick-or-treat festival in the McIntire Amphitheater. The event will feature activities for kids and performances by U.Va. student groups. Both events at U.Va. are from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

When night falls some creepy creatures will hit the town, but police have a reminder for party-goers.

On Halloween nights from 2007 to 2011, 52 percent of the nation's fatalities came as a result of drunk driving-rated crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Virginia State Police remind everyone planning to celebrate not to drink and drive. Police ask anyone heading out Thursday night to plan a safe way home; either designate a driver or take a taxi.

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