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Police Advise: Be Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just a day away. And to make sure it's safe and enjoyable for everyone, the Public Safety Division of the Westport Police Department offers a few safety tips.

Police are asking people to drive extra cautiously Sunday night. A parent or other responsible adult should accompany all elementary school age children while they are trick-or-treating. Younger children complete their rounds by 6:30 p.m. and older children by 8:30 p.m., police advise.

To make it easier for drivers to see trick-or-treaters, costumes should be marked with reflective tape and flashlights should be carried. Instead of wearing masks that can make it hard to see, makeup, face paint or charcoal are suggested to enhance the Halloween looks.

It's safest to travel in small groups and encourage children to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods where they are known.

Only trick-or-treat at houses where outside lights are on. If you don't see outside lights, it means the occupants are not passing out candy.

Use sidewalks whenever possible. Otherwise, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic. Travel only in well-lit areas.

Children should wait until they get home and their parents inspect their candy before diving into their treats. Anyone receiving suspect treats should call the Westport Police Department at 203-341-6000 or their local police department immediately to check for tampering.

For pumpkins, instead of using candles, use glow sticks or flashlights.

Police will not tolerate vandalism and acts of mischief that threaten safety or result in property damage. Parents are urged to monitor their children's activities not only on Halloween but also on "Mischief Night."

Police will have extra evening patrols over the weekend to raise awareness among drivers and to deter acts of vandalism.

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