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Prevent Halloween Treats from Becoming Tricks

Posted October 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

Many parents choose to take their kids to the mall to trick or treat.

— Kids love it for the treats. The problem is, Halloween brings an unsuspecting number of tricks. The most dangerous? Car accidents.

Halloween is supposed to be a night full of screams and scares. But it can be even scarier for parents especially with all the candy kids take in from strangers .

"I've heard so many stories that I'd hate to say, 'Oh God, if I'd just checked it,'" says parent Tom Godfrey. "I definitely don't want to put my kids in that situation."

It's why each year many area malls open the doors for kids to trick or treat from store to store instead of house to house. But if you're kids still want to opt for the traditional route there are ways to keep Halloween safe.

Sergeant Hayworth says the last couple of Halloweens have been incident free, but a lot of that can be attributed to careful parents. Hayworth suggests parents look at every piece of candy before their kids eat it.

"We ask that they bring it, dump it all out like this on the table, have parents go through each item one by one, and they can have at it," Hayworth explains.

A lot of the problems around Halloween come when it gets dark. Many of the kids costumes aren't bright enough to see, so police suggest kids bring a flashlight or a glow stick so they can be easily seen.

It's also important, if your kids do wear masks, to make sure they can see through the eye holes.

Costume company manager Frank McNeil suggests costumes that are comfortable and fun, but also something your kids can be safe in.

That's the key. Halloween can be fun no matter what your age. And by planning ahead you'll see you can have a ghoulish time.

Fayetteville police will increase patrols in neighborhoods. At Fort Bragg, soldiers and their spouses will stand out on the streets with flashlights between 6:00-8:00 Friday night to see that Halloween stays safe.