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Keeping your kids safe for trick-or-treating

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Wednesday night is the big night: Halloween. Little ghosts and goblins will be roaming Tri-State neighborhoods on the prowl for candy.  But, it's also a night that could turn dangerous if drivers, parents, and kids are not careful.

According to State Farm, Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for child pedestrian accidents. The most at risk group is children ages 12-15.

One of the reasons is because big groups of kids will take over the streets, and the last thing on their mind is to look both ways for vehicles.

It's also a night where kids are getting extremely close to stranger's houses.

Sergeant Rich Wagner with the Adams County Sheriff's Office explains what parents need to be on the lookout for.

"The parents need to instruct them to use caution. Don't talk to strangers when going up to the door. It's always good to keep an adult with the children, especially if they're a younger age. Just be cautious, if someone is trying to talk to your children that's probably not too normal. If they're just handing out some candy, grab the candy and go on your way," said Sergeant Wagner.

Sergeant Wagner also says to make sure your kids are going up to well-lit houses.

Another tip for parents-advise your kids to not approach a car for candy. Just stick to sidewalks and houses that they are familiar with.

If you have young kids, the Illinois State Police recommend writing their name, address, and phone number on their trick or treat bag in case they do wander off. If your kids are older, just be sure to set a time for them to be back home.

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