Ten things parents can do to make Halloween safer.  According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 94-percent  of children between the ages of 4 and 12 participate in Halloween activities each year.  Parents need to take a moment to consider basic precautions.  Choose bright, flame-retardant costumes or add reflective tape.  In addition, carry a glow stick or flashlight.  Plan a trick-or-treat route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.  Never send young children out alone.  Always walk young children to the door to receive treats and never allow children to enter a home unless accompanied by an adult.  Discuss basic pedestrian safety and do not allow children to approach any vehicles.  Consider organizing a home or block party as an alternative to trick-or-treating.  Make sure children know their phone numbers and addresses.  Teach children to say ‘no’ if someone tries to get them to go somewhere and remind children to remain alert.  Local Trick-or-Treat hours in Mauston, Necedah, and Adams-Friendship will be Sunday, October 30th, 2011, from 4pm until 7pm, and in New Lisbon Sunday from 4pm until 6pm.  Trick-and-Treat hours will be held Monday, Halloween, in Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells from 4pm until 7pm, in the Village of Wonewoc from 4pm until 6pm, and Tomah from 5pm until 8pm on Halloween.