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What you need to know before trick-or-treating

The time of year when monsters and goblins roam the streets is upon us.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017 9:28 AM
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 9:50 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The time of year when monsters and goblins roam the streets is upon us.
Not all cities have set trick-or-treating times, and that includes areas around Greater Lafayette.
West Lafayette is one of those cities. Mayor John Dennis said there are ways to be mindful and have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
"We believe here in West Lafayette, just let the parents recognize the date people are prepared to give candy out," Dennis said. "They're welcoming of the people that are knocking on their door in their cool little outfits and stuff and that way it's more of a focused celebration."
Dennis encourages parents to keep an eye on their kids and be mindful of their surroundings. He adds that in some of the areas around town, not all the sidewalks are paved flat.
Also, make sure your kid's costumes don't have built-in tripping hazards. Check to see if your child can clearly see and they can be seen.
Even if there are no set times, follow the rules of the porch light. If the light is on, you're usually welcome to trick or treat there. If not, move on to the next house.
Dennis said West Lafayette police will make extra patrols around the neighborhoods.
"Traditionally ... we always have high visibility patrol," Dennis said. "That means you'll be seeing a bunch of squad cars out there making sure that the kids and the adults are all behaving properly and most importantly just to give everybody a sense of security and let them know that we're looking out for them."
Lafayette police will also have extra patrols around the city. They will make sure everyone behaves throughout the night. They will also be on the lookout for vandalism.

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