INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Halloween can be fun for kids with the costumes and candy, but Indiana State Police are reminding parents to be extra vigilant this weekend.
Tens of thousands of kids will be out trick-or-treating this weekend. Troopers are urging parents and kids to be aware of their surroundings and to check and double check the candy for anything suspicious.
Hundreds of families attended the Trunk or Treat event at the Indiana State Police Museum. It’s just one of several safe alternatives to avoid trick-or-treating after dark.
Many kids dressed up in their favorite costumes, from Superman to the Joker to Snow White.
“I couldn’t be a police last year and I changed my mind to be a ninja turtle,” said Destin.
Kids enjoyed a day of music, dancing, and other fun activities. 6-year-old Ella did some dancing before exploring the museum with her family. She said she also learned a thing or two about Halloween safety at school.
“Halloween safety is not to get lost without parents or not to talk to a stranger,” said Ella.
Other kids like 10-year-old Devon Robinson also learned the same thing.
“She (teacher) told me don’t go to people’s houses without parents and always say trick-or-treat,” he said.
Even the youngest firefighter had a word of caution.
“Make sure I watch for cars before we cross the street,” said Baylen, who is 4-years-old.
Jo Mcalpin brought her grandsons with her today. She said she’s keeping a close watch on them this Halloween and their candy.
“We go through the candy and all the little hard candy we’ll take out for the little kids,” said Mcalpin.
Troopers said you want to go through each piece. Remind your kids not to eat any of the candy until they get home.
“When you’re getting candy make sure you’re parents inspect it before you eat it people are doing weird things with candy these days,” said Trooper Kenneth Lee, Indiana State Police. “You got to be safe when you’re doing it.”
Organizers handed out an estimated 600 pounds worth of candy.
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