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Lots of trick or treating left this week so with the warm weather, keep watching for those costumed kids.

Two children went missing briefly during trick or treating in Marietta Saturday night but were found safe.

Many towns - including Parkersburg - still have theirs to come this Thursday.

Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department says they encourage people to go in large groups with just as many adults as children and for the route to be pre-planned.

He says they haven't had too many issues in the past; however, they are also out patrolling, watching for safety and vandalism.

Some area groups offer alternative events scheduled for Thursday night.

South Parkersburg Baptist Church is providing an indoor trick or treat Wednesday.

"For those who, you know, maybe have little ones, and the weather doesn't always cooperate, kinda thing," says Janelle Skinner, Pastor of Children and Family Life. "But also it just gives us an opportunity to connect with the people within our church and our community."

"The kids are wearing costumes that they can't see very well most of the time, anyway, and they are prone to darting out into traffic just to get to one side of the street to the other, so it's our job as responsible adults to watch out for them," says Sgt. Collins.

Sgt. Collins encourages adults to walk their children to the door at each house.

Kids should have reflective costumes and bring a flashlight.

Also, Monday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Kanawha Elementary School is hosting a trunk or treat with costume judging, outdoor DJ and more.


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