All treats, no tricks: Tips for a safe Halloween

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Trick-or-treat is around the corner. Ghost, superhero or scary monster, whatever your child wants to dress up as this year we want to make sure your child stays safe.

Hampden Township Police Officer Matt Grunden says discard your child’s treat if the candy is open or has any odd, protruding shapes.

As children wander the streets, encourage them to use sidewalks with flashlights or glow sticks and wear light colored clothing to stand out. Also, use the buddy system and travel in groups.

Finally, don’t let your child wear a mask that covers their ears or eyes in case a car is coming and tries honking to get their attention.

Another safe option is a free event known as Mall-O-Ween. Among the malls participating are Capital City Mall, which is welcoming kids dressed up as ghosts and goblins Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Harrisburg Mall is doing the same from 6-8 p.m. Colonial Park Mall will follow suit Friday from 6:30-8 p.m.

Police ask all trick-or-treaters to keep the tricks to a minimum so the holiday can be a treat for everyone in their community.

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