Inside, Warm Halloween Fun

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COLUMBIA - Ghouls, goblins, and fun - Halloween, unofficial national candy day, is here. It's one of the most popular days of the year for kids, but requires braving the cold weather. For those with little ones or kids not keen on bundling up, Tiger Night of Fun at the Hearnes Center offers a safe, warm alternative to trick or treating. Children 12 and younger can go to different Halloween or fall booths and play games or do crafts. There will be candy at all of the booths, all of it wrapped, and no chewing gum. The 18 year tradition had nearly 5,000 attendees last year. It's from 6 to 8 p.m. October 31 and is free. Costumes are highly encouraged.

For those who do traditional trick or treat, important safety tips include:
- never accepting rides from stranger
- have a predetermined route
- avoid cutting through backyards and flower beds
- bring a back-up candy holder
- never eat unwrapped candy
- dress for the weather