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12 things police recommend to have a safe Halloween

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 17:28:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. –  Local police shared some tips that they thought were important for kids and parents to read ahead of Halloween.

“We encourage everyone to have a fun and festive Halloween weekend, but be vigilant and stay safe by following these tips provided by our friends at NextDoor.com,” the Richmond Police Department posted on Facebook

  • Dress like a ghoul or goblin, but stay safe. Make sure costumes and candy containers are reflective.
  • To avoid tripping, costumes shouldn’t drag too far on the ground.
  • Props should be just that: props. Swords, knives, staffs, and wands should be soft and flexible to avoid injury.
  • Use well-marked routes to get to the candy.
  • Always use the sidewalk, and do not cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Cross the road at a crosswalk.
  • Trick-or-treat with trusted neighbors.
  • Plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy.
  • Register today at https://nextdoor.com/city/richmond–va/ and use the Nextdoor Treat Map to plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy.
  • When in doubt, throw the candy out.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is completely unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade and not factory-wrapped.
  • Small children should not be allowed hard candy, which is a choking hazard.