Before Trick-or-Treating, check these Halloween safety tips (video)

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WILMINGTON — It’s Halloween! But before sending the kids out Trick-or-Treating, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and City of Wilmington have offered some tips for a safe night.

Picking the right costume is important for a night of Trick-or-Treating. The sheriff’s office suggests choosing a costume with bright colored material for viability and using face paint, rather than a face mask for Halloween. If a mask must be worn, be sure the mask doesn’t restrict vision.

Also when Trick-or-Treating, its advised a child go with a group or an adult, but never go alone. It’s important to say in an familiar area and never go into a house of a stranger for any reason. Carry a flashlight and use cross walks when appropriate. An remember to always have an adult check a child’s candy before eating it.

Additional safety tips have been suggested by the City of Wilmington. Children are urged to go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches. Trick-or-Treaters are also advised to cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks, avoid crossing yards and do not cross between parked cars.

On Halloween night, motorists are urged to drive slowly, watch for children in the street and in medians, and exit driveways and alleyways carefully.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Ed McMahon said, “please have a happy and safe Halloween.”

For more safety tips from the City of Wilmington click here.