TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Costumes, candy, and parties make up Halloween. And with October 31 just a week away, area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up patrols to make sure children and adults stay safe.
Halloween festivities, like trick or treating in some areas, will kick off this weekend. Lt. John Ricks with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office said kids and parents need to keep safety in mind.
"Stick to the sidewalks the best that you can. If you do have to walk in the road or a street, make sure that you face traffic. And obviously, don't take any alleys or cut through people's yards," said Ricks.
Ricks said other trick or treating safety tips include:
-Wear bright colored costumes, you can even add reflective tape to darker costumes
-Only go to well-lit houses
-Kids should always have a chaperone and that chaperone should carry a cell phone in case of an emergency
-Always check your child's candy
-If you see suspicious activity -- report it
"We'll get the standard Halloween tricks that come into play that we'll respond to. Most things are harmless, but there will be, we expect an escalation of calls," said Ricks.
As for adult fun, Ricks said they need to put safety first as well. He said deputies are aware that more people are out celebrating at bars and Halloween parties. He said campus bars and parties are especially popular around October 31. He said be sure to have a designated driver or call a cab if you drink too much.
"Buzzed driving is drunk driving and we'll be out in full force, at least our department will, on Halloween, watching for that kind of activity," said Ricks.
News 18 has put together a full list of the trick or treating dates and times throughout the viewing area. To view those, click here.
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