Huntsville Police share safety tips before trick or treaters hit the neighborhoods this weekend

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police want to make sure your trick or treater is safe during the holiday weekend. They encourage parents to stay with their children while they trick or treat.

“Anytime a kid goes to a home and goes up and knocks on a door, we don’t ever encourage a kid to go in anyone’s house,” Lt. Stacy Bates said. “If they’re insistent on it, leave. If it’s a situation that you may think there’s something suspicious there, by all means call the police department.”

Should you have any worries about sending your children into various neighborhoods, check out Familywatchdog.us to search for information regarding child predators.

“What it allows you to do is when you type in that location, it’s going to pull up on a map the address of any sex offender that’s located in that area,” Lt. Bates explained.

Also, parents should check out their child’s candy before they eat it.

“Make sure that it’s in the original wrapper, don’t take any homemade candy, don’t let them eat anything like that,” Lt. Bates said.

Officers from all three precincts, along with volunteers from Huntsville Community Watch, will hand out treats at three locations this year: Friday, October 30th at South Precinct from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31st at Lakewood Community Center from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. located at 3601 Kenwood Drive and on Saturday at West Precinct on Clinton Avenue from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“It’s a chance for the community and especially the children to come in and they get to interact with police and get to see police in not so much an official capacity,” Lt. Bates said.

Huntsville Police will be heavily patrolling the neighborhoods and streets throughout Huntsville this weekend. They said drivers need to pay extra attention to children crossing the street while trick or treating.

Parents, you should instruct children not to open candy until they return home, inspect ALL candy for tampering, discuss the route your children should be taking, and most importantly check their neighborhoods for known sex offenders by visiting Familywatchdog.us.