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Police have tips for safe Trick or Treating

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - For many children in Eastern Kentucky, Halloween night means one thing: candy. But police want kids to stay safe as they go door to door. They have some helpful hints for parents.

"The main thing is parents need to keep a close watch on their children. Try not to let them get out by themselves, in unfamiliar neighborhoods especially," said Jason Duff of the Hazard Police Department.

Police say children should wear bright or reflective clothing to keep them visible in traffic. They say drivers need to be careful too.

"Slow your speed down as you drive by, be more aware of your surroundings, because there's going to be a lot of little kids out," said Duff.

With unseasonably cold weather in the forecast, police say parents should dress their children in layers and make sure they stay warm. They say if it's too cold, some people may just stay home.

"It all depends on the weather. If the weather cooperates we'll probably have a large turnout in the neighborhoods, but if the weather doesn't cooperate the numbers will be down," Duff said.

Parents we talked to say if the weather gets any worse, they may be re-thinking their trick or treat plans.

"We'll probably play trick or treat at home. We'll stay inside where it's warm, keep them from getting sick," said parent Melissa Hendrickson.

As for candy, police say it's still a good idea to check to make sure it is safe, just in case.

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