Crow Wing County Sheriff Eric Klang is offering safety tips for parents and trick-or-treaters this Halloween.
* Wear light-colored clothing that's short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costumes.
* Make sure children can see well through face masks or use cosmetics to create fun or character faces.
* Adults should accompany young children.
* Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
* Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
* Watch for traffic.
* Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
* Adults should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
* Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
* Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible.
Klang also said that if someone has a piece of candy they suspect may have been tampered with, or other suspicious activity, call the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department or local police agency.
In conjunction with the Safe and Sober campaign, the Brainerd and Baxter police departments will add extra patrols targeting impaired drivers today.
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