Most parents not overly concerned this Halloween
(CNN) -- An AOL/Parenting Magazine poll conducted this week shows that about 60 percent of the parents who responded said they have no additional concerns this Halloween and will trick-or-treat as usual. Others said they are worried.
"There aren't any specific concerns," said Mary Giles, a senior associate editor at Parenting magazine. "There is a general fear, given the environment that we're all living in right now."
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said parents should be more aware of general safety precautions rather than focus on potential terrorist attacks.
Experts agreed that parents should exercise normal caution for trick-or-treating, such as checking candy and treats before their children eat them and making sure children wear reflective clothing at night.
"Cars are truly our biggest threat on Halloween," said Kate Kelly, author of "Living Safe in an Unsafe World: the Complete guide to Family Preparedness."
"Four times as many young pedestrians are killed on that evening as any other," she said.
For parents who remain apprehensive, there are ways to celebrate Halloween as planned.
One way is to trick-or-treat at familiar homes, Giles said
For families who are hesitant to go to shopping malls, Giles said local carnivals, churches and museums provide alternatives.
"I think in light of all that is happening today, a lot of families may prefer Halloween parties over trick-or-treating," Giles said.
"And there's nothing wrong with Halloween evolving into a different kind of celebration, like a traveling party among people who know each other."
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