Trick or treating essentials

If you're taking the little ones our for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, don't forget to take care of yourself, says event planning expert Mindy Weiss. It's dark, it's chaotic, and it's a lot of responsibility to keep the kids safe.

Here are some items you should have on hand:

1. Flashlight or glow stick.

2. Sturdy trick-or-treat bag -- not too big or the kids will think they didn't get enough candy!

3. Closed-toe shoes. Try to put your kids in tennis shoes.

4. Juice box or water.

5. Older kids should have a cell phone if they are going off with their friends.