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Police: Halloween is deadliest night of the year for kids

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Halloween is a time filled with excitement and spooky tricks and treats, but it’s also one of the deadliest nights of the year for children.

Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

The Michigan State Police want to remind parents to make safety their top priority.

“Part of enjoying Halloween festivities is recognizing possible dangers and taking precautions,” said Trooper Mark Swales of the MSP Caro Post. “There are potential risks involved with trick-or-treating, but with the proper safety measures everyone can have an enjoyable and safe Halloween.”

Here are some trick-or-treat safety tips:

  • Children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cross the street only at corners or crosswalks. 
  • Do not cross the street between parked cars.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.
  • Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.  Plan your route and share it with your family.
  • Stay in a group.
  • Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Stay in populated and well-lit areas.  Do not cut through back alleys or fields. 
  • Make sure all costumes are flame retardant.  Avoid walking too close to open fires, candles and jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure an adult inspects all candy before eating it.  Do not eat candy that is already opened.
  • Be sure to follow community curfew rules.

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