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How to keep your kids safe this Halloween

Halloween is fun for kids but can be a scary time for parents. There are ways to put your mind at ease though.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 5:44 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 6:33 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Brookfield Heights is a hot spot for trick or treaters in Lafayette. Sarah Paulson didn't know that when she moved in last year.

"We ran out of candy early, I didn't understand how to prepare," said Paulson. 

She's got it covered this Halloween.

"But if we run out, we run out," she said. 

Paulson's number one priority is the safety of her kids Wednesday night.

"We walk together as a family so, my kids know to stay on the sidewalk and we keep them on the sidewalk," said Paulson. "We hold hands when they cross the street but mostly, because they're so little, we just stay together."

Megan Chapman has the same goal and hopes drivers cooperate. 

"Sometimes we have to holler a little bit to tell them to slow down on a regular day," said Chapman. "Usually though, I 've noticed that they're pretty good and cars just kind of creep by."

Her daughter's reflective costume is an added bonus. Her Wonder Woman reflective gear could save lives just by being visible at night.

Lafayette Professional Firefighters Local 472 is offering free reflective trick or treat bags so cars can see other kids too. You can pick them up at any Lafayette Fire Department. 

"The number of children that are hit and killed are doubled on Halloween versus the other times of the year," said Lafayette Fire Department's Brian Alkire. 

Kids don't just get hurt on the street. Sometimes people's property can be a hazard. Chapman injured herself by tripping on her own porch sidewalk. We told her she could be liable for trick or treat participants too.

"I didn't even think about that until you said something," said Chapman. 

She's now thinking of ways to make her entry way safer.

"Either put a rug down or even kind of line a path around it whether it be with little Halloween lights or something like that," said Chapman. 

Preparing your property for guests is recommended and so checking your kids' candy for anything suspicious. Chapman said she usually just throws away anything homemade.

"Unfortunately, you just have to be careful about that," said Chapman. 

Greater Lafayette police said there is no set time for trick or treating hours this year.

They just ask people to use common courtesy.

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