These ridiculously easy and genius ways to keep your kids safe in the Quad Cities, will leave you feeling much more relaxed about Halloween.

When I was visiting my sister this week, I swear I have never loved her brilliant strokes of pure genius, more than I have this Halloween. My sister is creative in ways that I can hardly describe. She can make a costume out of a cardboard box, literally, and make it one of those things you only wished you have thought of. You know the type.

She showed me the unbelievably easy and affordable hack she did for her kids' halloween costumes. Battery-operated poster board lights from a dollar store is what she used to light up her kiddo's costumes so they are easily seen.

There are a few other really easy and mindful ways to keep your children safe that you may not have thought of. Here are 5 tips to remember on Halloween from

1. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

2. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

3. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

4. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. The most popular trick-or-treating times are 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

5. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

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