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Prevent Halloween Treats from Becoming Tricks

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Candy is a great treat, but only if it's not tainted by tricks.
FAYETTEVILLE — 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 itcan be even scarier for parents especially with all the candy kids take infrom 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 mykids in that situation."

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

Sergeant Hayworth says the last couple of Halloweens have been incidentfree, but a lot of that can be attributed to careful parents. Hayworthsuggests 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, haveparents 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 ofthe kids costumes aren't bright enough to see, so police suggest kidsbring 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 seethrough the eye holes.

Costume company manager Frank McNeil suggests costumes that arecomfortable 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 byplanning ahead you'll see you can have a ghoulish time.

Fayetteville police will increase patrols in neighborhoods. At FortBragg, soldiers and their spouses will stand out on the streets withflashlights between 6:00-8:00 Friday night to see that Halloween stayssafe.

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