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Halloween Safety Tips

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In just two nights, hundreds of Minot kids and families will hit the streets for Halloween night.  But in a growing community like Minot, what are the best ways to keep your kids safe? 

"When your kids are going out its always important to think the buddy system, no matter what.  Talk to them about how to cross streets appropriately, doing it together, making sure the traffic has stopped," says parent educator Holly Arnold, Ward County NDSU Extension.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrian deaths are four times more likely to occur Halloween Night.  Statistically, the night of October 31st is the most dangerous night of the year for 5 to 14 years olds. 

"One of the last things we ever want to respond to is a pedestrian-vehicle accidents, especially involving a child on Halloween.  It's definitely something we don't want to have to respond to," says senior patrolman Todd Haman, Crime Stoppers Division.

Kids 12 and under should be joined by an adult, and groups of trick or treaters should be kept smaller at four or five kids.  Parents should tell their kids to only go up to houses that are well lit, and should accompany younger children to the door. 

"The important part we want to stress is that no children should ever enter a house, especially of someone they don't know.  If they're out trick or treating and they're invited in, don't go into the house," says Haman. 

When the trick or treating is over, parents should check through their child's candy, and only keep the pieces where the wrapper is fully intact, and of a trusted brand. 

"Again, it's a fun night for kids, it's a great time to be out there, and it's exciting and it can be a lot of fun if you think about the safety and the family aspect," says Arnold.

"Minot is still a very safe community, we've definitely grown and that's brought in an influx of people to the area.  A lot of people aren't familiar with Minot, so just use extra caution with that.  But it's still a great, safe community," says Haman.

One other thing for parents and kids to keep in mind this Thursday night, kids 16 and under need to be back home by 11:00 PM, according to Minot's juvenile curfew.

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