Make it a Safe Trick or Treat

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These protective parents know how to keep their kids safe during trick or treat.

"The best way to keep your kids safe, don't let them go by themselves, stay with them at all times and also check their candy, make sure there's not anything like poisons or anything like that," says Katrina Dickson of Parkersburg. "That's what I do with my daughter to keep her safe every year."

Older children may want to go it alone, but that's not always the best idea.

"Usually with the grand kids an adult accompanies them, that we don't let them go out by themself, even though they're eleven and thirteen, which the oldest one is probably not qualified to go out this year," says Barbra Wilson of Grantsville, WV. "But even when my children was little we never let 'em go out by theirself."

Inspect candy before they eat and you'll both be happy later.

"Anything with the candy is very important because you never know, you know, um, what kind of candy, how old it is, what's could be in it," says Amy Sullivan of Parkersburg. "So yeah, I definitely plan on checking all of my son's candy."

Teach kids to be mindful of where they are and what's happening around them.

"And always be aware of your surroundings, who's there, what's going on," Wilson says.

The Parkersburg Police Department also offers these suggestions for keeping your kids safe this Halloween:

The best option for trick or treating is large groups of people going together, being a combination of both responsible adults and children. The entire route should be pre-planned with everyone familiar with it.

No candy should be eaten until inspected by an adult.

Adults should accompany young children to each and every door they approach.

Teach children to never enter a home or vehicle, and only visit houses where lights are on.

Costumes should be very visible, preferably reflective. Kids should be able to see and breathe properly, and parents should make sure the costume purchased is flame resistant.

We highly recommend every child carry a flashlight or glow stick.

Take the time to teach children to scream, fight, or otherwise draw attention to themselves if a stranger is trying to take them. Parents should talk about and practice this with children prior to going out.

We are asking the community to slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may do unpredictable things. Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.

Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle. Stay off your cell phone so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

We will have extra officers out during trick or treat in an effort to better protect the public. We will be strictly enforcing traffic laws and on constant watch for people who are looking to damage property or otherwise engage in criminal mischief.

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