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Trick-or-treat safety tips

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, police expect there to be more traffic than usual.

Halloween night, children flood the streets dressed as ghouls, goblins and their favorite movie characters.

The dark costumes can make it difficult for children to see oncoming cars.

"You want to make sure you're wearing more makeup than masks. You don't want the masks to hamper vision," explained Officer Maureen Pilsner of the Wausau Police Department.

Officers say, parents need to be aware of traffic.

Children can be difficult to see, but there are things parents can do to make their trick-or-treaters more visible.

"You want to wear reflective clothing or light clothing. Maybe even flash lights or glow sticks," advised Pilsner.

Pilsner also recommends using sidewalks and crosswalks.

"I know that's a hard thing to do when the kids are excited," said Pilsner.

This time of year, many curbs are hidden under piles of leaves. Officers warn children and parents to watch where they step.

At the end of the night, officials urge parents to check their children's candy. If there are any open or damaged pieces, throw them out.

Police say one of the best ways you can keep your trick-or-treaters safe is to go along with them.

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