For Your Protection: Trick-or-Treat Safety

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Posted at 5:10 AM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2016-02-23 05:51:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--You can have a spooktacular time this Halloween as long as you're being safe and alert.

Many children will be out and about this weekend.

Here are some trick-or-treat tips from the Tallahassee Police Department: 

-Never allow your children to trick-or-treat alone. It is always better to have an adult accompany a group of children.

-The safest time to trick-or-treat is before dark or at dusk.

-Make sure the costume will not cause a child to trip and is fire retardant.

-Try to have your children use make-up instead of a mask. If a mask is used, remove it while walking due to restricted visibility.

-Use light colored clothing or reflective material on costumes.

-Limit trick-or-treating to your own neighborhood or other areas you know well.

-Never let your children go into another person’s house for any reason, especially those you don’t know.

-Only stop at houses that have outside lights on or are well lit.

-Advise children not to eat any candy or goodies they receive until they return home for inspection by parents. Only eat unopened treats that are in the original wrapper.

-Carry a flashlight or other light source and be very careful of moving vehicles.

-Check the FDLE Sexual Offender web site to determine if any offenders are residing in your neighborhood before trick or treating.