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Safety tips ahead of Halloween

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IOTA, La. -

It's just two more days until America's spookiest holiday.

Halloween can be scary and not just for people scared of ghosts. A fun night of trick-or-treating can quickly turn dangerous.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, twice as many kids are killed by cars on Halloween compared to other days of the year. 

Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson echoes that statistic and says his biggest concern is the drivers on the road.

"It's the one day of the year that you have children throughout the whole city, throughout the whole parish, children in different parts of the communities out on the streets getting candy or riding on the wagons or doing things like that, and it's really a concern for the safety, for the vehicle safety a lot. Kids are worried about that next house. They're not worried about the car that's going down the road," said Sheriff Gibson. 

His recommendation is for communities to sponsor small gatherings, like trunk-or-treat in Iota, where kids can roam freely and safely.

But if you prefer going door-to-door, Sheriff Gibson says, "Have adults go out with the children, making sure they're on the right side of roadways or on sidewalks that are available while they're walking to and from residences. If you're trick-or-treating around the dark times, we ask that you use either flashlights and/ or reflective clothing."

The Acadia Parish sheriff also says to try to stick to your area's trick-or-treat time frame.

"Follow the hours because it's really important. It allows law enforcement to focus during the time frame. We know we sometimes have stragglers that run a little bit late, but if you can try to do it as much as you can within those hours," said Gibson.  

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