Before your kids dig in to the candy on Halloween night, here’s what you should look for

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The time for trick-or-treating is getting closer! It's all fun and games for the kids, but parents need to keep a close eye when their little ones go digging into their candy.

When going door to door, Lieutenant Stacey Bates with the Huntsville Police Department urges families to be aware of your surroundings.

"Make sure you're in an area that's known to you," said Bates. "Don't drop your kids off somewhere they're not familiar with, only go to the places you know that you know the people that live there."

He says it's also better in bigger numbers.

"Don't send a child by themselves," said Bates. "It's fine to go with kids in groups, but there always needs to be a parent at least within eye sight of the child... being able to see the child knocking on the door."

The Huntsville Police Department wants parents to know when it comes to the candy, if it's opened or looks tampered with... don't risk it.

"Make sure you only let them eat store-bought candy, stuff that's wrapped from the factory, stuff that's prepackaged already," said Bates. "Not things that are made in someone's home, unless you know the person."

Lieutenant Bates adds officers will be out and about making sure trick-or-treaters are using crosswalks to stay safe this Halloween. The Huntsville Police Department is also hosting trick-or-treat events for families in the Huntsville area:

  • Friday, October 28th - South Precinct, 7900 Bailey Cove Road, 6pm-8pm
  • Monday, October 31st - West Precinct, 2110 West Clinton Avenue, 5pm-7pm
  • Monday, October 31st - Lakewood Community Center, 3601 NW Kenwood Drive, 6pm-8pm