Take your small children on a trial run before the real event. Practice with a flashlight and walking (not running) on the sidewalk. Keep the light pointing down and make sure everyone keeps up. Your little ones will be ready for the night when it arrives!

No touch, as in eyes and mouth, especially children. Germs will spread, but keeping them on the hands and not in the mouth (until your kids can wash up) will help your kiddos stay healthy through the season. This is good advice for Mom and Dad, too!

Consider a flu shot. The CDC recommends one every year. You might save yourself weeks of sniffling and achey joints while you fight off the flu bug the old-fashioned way.

Kiddos seem to gravitate toward pirates and outer space hereos for their dressup costumes. If the costume includes a sword, knife, or other accessory (even a fairy princess requires a wand!), insist on short, soft, and flexible. It's an eye or other body part you'll save.

It's time to think about spring. Bulbs like to winter over, so begin your plan. Choose a well-drained location in a sunny spot. Come spring, your new bulbs will be your first arrivals for the new season.