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How you can keep your kids safe this Halloween

Thousands of kids in the Tennessee Valley will be hitting the streets this weekend to get candy and celebrate Halloween with their friends.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Kids all around the Tennessee Valley are ready to go out this weekend to collect candy and celebrate Halloween with their friends and family and Decatur Police Chief Nate Allen wants to make sure everyone stays safe.

"Our guys and girls will be out there to enforce, looking for safety issues to make sure everyone is there to have a safe and wonderful Halloween," said Chief Allen. "We encourage everyone to be sure and wear an outfit that can be seen a night, preferably ones that glow in the dark, have flashlights and small kids have the hands of their parents."

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If your costume has prop weapons, Allen says to leave them at home this year.

"We never encourage kids to play with fake guns at this day and age," said Chief Allen. "Gun safety is at the top of the chart."

Here are some tips to help you celebrate the holiday safely this year:

  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway facing traffic
  • Look both ways before cross the street and only cross at the corner
  • Don't cut across yards or use alleys
  • Don't cross between parked cars

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And parents, check to make sure all your kid's candy is still wrapped and safe for them to eat. 

Lastly, parents can use the Alabama Sex Offender Registry if they're concerned about strangers.

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