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BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

Halloween is traditionally a time for kids to dress up in costumes and go out into neighborhoods gathering treats from welcoming houses. But with so many children walking from door to door at nighttime, a little caution is in order to make sure Halloween doesn’t become truly frightful.
Police Chief Gary McHone advises that younger children should always go with an adult.
“Children under 12 should not go out alone or at night without adult supervision,” he said. “People who welcome trick-or-treaters usually keep their lights on. There are a lot of reasons we recommend not approaching a darkened house.”
As a general rule, the greatest number of children trick-or-treat between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
“If you have to drive during that time, please drive with extra caution. Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods, being extra mindful of the kids. Enter and exit driveways and alleyways slowly,” McHone said.
For the safety of both children and pets, animals should be kept securely on leash or inside.
For many, dressing up in costumes is the most fun part of Halloween. But it’s important to make sure that little vampires, monsters and witches can see well and be seen.
“Be both creative and reflective,” McHone said. “Whenever possible, paint the child’s face as opposed to a mask that could obstruct somebody’s view.”
Parents also need to check the treats kids gather going from house to house.
“Candy needs to be in a sealed, unopened package or wrapper,” McHone said. “If it isn’t, throw it away.”
Another option for kids to have fun, show off their costumes and collect candy will be Trunk-or-Treat from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, at Trinity Christian Center Church, 1723 W. American Boulevard. The Muleshoe Police Department will participate.
In addition, Muleshoe Police Department is partnering with community volunteers to stuff and hand out candy bags at Dillman Elementary on October 31.
“If anyone would like to donate candy, we’d be happy to take it,” McHone said. “They can drop it off at police dispatch. Please remember that the bags must be sealed.”

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