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Trick-or-treating tips to keep kids safe on Halloween

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Halloween can be a real treat, but don’t let the fun fool you: it’s actually one of the most dangerous days of the year for kids. 

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween. 

"It's scary, but I'm not surprised because of just the sheer amounts of children that are out,” said Officer Patricia Seawood with the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department. 

Police across the area will be out in full force on All Hallows' Eve, and extra patrols will help keep an eye on the toil and trouble. With all the excitement and all that candy, eager kids are prone to dashing out into roadways. 

“Kids get really excited and want to race to the next house,” Seawood said. 

Police said trick-or-treating in groups, with an adult present, is the best way to keep kids safe. Reflective tape and glow sticks help with visibility. 

"Don't just assume that people see you," Seawood said. "If at all possible stay on sidewalks, if you have to be in the street, stay off the shoulder." 

Trick-or-treaters should use extra caution when approaching major multi-lane roadways. 

“If they have to cross, stick together,” Seawood said. “Make sure they're crossing with a light, the safety control sign and just be extra vigilant.”

If you’re behind the wheel, police said it’s imperative to keep a sharp eye out for kids. 

"We also want to advise drivers to be extra vigilant and to slow down and be cautious,” Seawood said. “Assume that there are going to be children out.”

Police said the safest time for your kids to be out on the streets is during approved trick or treating times. Click here for a full list of times across Kentuckiana.

And click here for more Halloween safety tips.   

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