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W.Va. State Police Advise Caution For A Happy Halloween

Two trick-or-treaters walk across the street. One kid is dressed in a red blow up suit, while the second kid is dressed up like the grim reaper. There are fall leaves on the ground in the background near parked cars.
Trick-or-treaters walk house-to-house in search of candy during an early Halloween event, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Overland Park, Kansas.
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Ahead of Halloween activities, the West Virginia State Police released a list of safety tips to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween.

They advise any children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an adult during trick-or-treating activities.

Participants should only cross streets when it is safe to do so and at crossing locations. The state police also advised drivers to be aware of children crossing roadways and suggested parents add reflective tape to costumes to help with visibility at night.

The state police reminded drivers and pedestrians alike not to be distracted by electronic devices during the hours designated for Halloween activities.

Finally, they advise parents should inspect all candy and treats collected by children before consumption.

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