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Westport Police Share Trick-or-Treating Tips

WESTPORT, Conn. – (UPDATED 1:30 p.m.) Town officials strongly urge that trick-or-treating be postponed to Saturday, Nov. 5, due to potentially hazardous conditions that remain following the nor'easter.

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Westport's streets will be crawling with trick-or-treaters of all ages come Monday night. To ensure that each and every goblin and ghoul has a happy and safe Halloween, the Westport Police Department has offered some tips for parents.

? Elementary-age children should be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults.

? Young children should complete their trick-or-treating by 6:30 p.m. and older children by 8:30 p.m.

? Children should be easily visible. Mark costumes with reflective tape and/or carry flashlights.

? Use makeup, face paint or charcoal instead of masks, as they can obstruct vision.

? Don't use candles to light up your pumpkins. Flashlights or glow sticks are safer alternatives.

? Travel in small groups to increase safety. Encourage children to stay in their own neighborhoods where they are known.

? Children should only go to the houses where outside lights are on.

? Use sidewalks whenever possible. Walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if sidewalks are not available. Travel only in well-lit areas.

? Children should not eat any candy until they have returned home and parents have inspected the treats. Anyone who suspects that treats have been tampered with should call Westport police at 203-341-6000.

The department also urges motorists to be extra cautious when driving Monday night and warns that extra patrols will be on duty.

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