Staying safe for Halloween

Staying safe for Halloween
Posted at 6:40 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 19:40:43-04

Halloween is exciting for young trick-or-treaters, but it’s sometimes a nervous time for parents.

Parents are asked to check their child’s candy before they eat it. From pill-like items in Mike and Ikes, to bags of meth getting mixed in with candy, neighborhoods had several issues with hazardous items in candy last year. Authorities say double check the kind of candy your child is getting before they eat it, and report anything that isn't right.

Sgt. Matt Wilson with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office says another important thing to remember is to wear reflective gear like a vest or carry a flashlight if you're wearing dark clothes. Sgt. Wilson also reminds everyone to steer clear of houses with closed blinds, no Halloween decorations, or with the porch lights off, because those are signs the home belongs to a sex offender.

"When you're out there collecting that stuff, remember what route you took so that we can, if something does come and somebody gets injured or hurt, that we can actually try to find and track that person down, where that candy came from," explains Sgt. Wilson.

If you don't want to worry about who and where your kids are getting their candy from, you can attend indoor events, like the Shopko Sweet Street. For more than 20 years, the Shopko Sweet Street has been allowing children to safety trick or treat and celebrate Halloween.

"You know exactly who's in the building,” says Event Producer Amy Shadian, who’s also a mother and brings her kids to the event. “No one’s here unless they're supposed to be, so it's great, you don't have to worry about people you don't know in your neighborhood, the weather is not a factor in here. We don't have to worry about it being too cold or too rainy or any sort of wind or thunderstorms, those beautiful costumes can shine."

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