LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- In less than a week, children will scatter the sidewalks collecting candy. The La Crosse Police Department has some safety tips to make sure Halloween goes smoothly for all.
First, they say to keep "Meet 'n Treat" hours between 4 and 8 p.m..
Anyone who wishes to greet trick or treaters should keep their outdoor lights on during those hours.
Keep children accompanied by a parent or older, responsible person while treating.
They say to stay within the neighborhood and visits homes you know.
"Just good safety tips. We certainly want people to enjoy their Halloween rather than have something spoil the fun," says Lt. Bob Berndt, La Crosse Police.
The department also cautions drivers to be on constant lookout for children.
Other safety tips:
--Take all treats home to be examined before eating anything
--People are encouraged to give out only wrapped or packaged candy
--Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping, add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costume
--Children should carry a flashlight
--Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
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