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Bossier police offer Halloween safety tips

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The Bossier City Police Department is advising children and parents to keep safety in mind while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night this Monday, October 31, 2016. Police Chief Shane McWilliams is urging motorists to be particularly watchful of Trick-or-Treaters that night as they go door-to-door throughout neighborhoods.

The police department also encourages parents to take advantage of organized, supervised Halloween events for their children and asks them to end door-to-door Trick-or-Treating by 8 p.m. as a courtesy to residents.

The Bossier City Police Department is offering the following safety tips to parents whose children will be out Trick-or-Treating:

-Never allow children to trick-or-treat without responsible adult supervision.
-Always stay in groups.
-Keep costumes simple. Avoid long, fancy costumes that may cause children to trip and fall.
-Use sidewalks and stay out of the street whenever possible.
-Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.
-Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
-Don’t allow children to eat treats until a responsible grownup examines them first.
-Call police if any suspicious activity occurs, or if candy is suspected to be tainted.
-Residents are urged to hand out only manufactured, sealed candy.