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Staying safe trick-or-treating

Though the dangers of heavy rain and high winds have passed, police are still asking trick-or-treaters to be safe while out collecting candy.

For children: Virginia State Police advise that children keep cell phones with them at all times, especially if younger children will be separated from their parents.

Children should also carry a glowstick, flashlight or another light source to see safely in the dark. Children are asked to carry prop swords or other weapons that are not sharp or rigid.

Leesburg Police also recommend that children wear reflective costumes and stay off the road if possible. Leesburg has a midnight curfew for minors.

For parents: Parents should accompany children age 12 or younger, according to Leesburg Police. They should also make sure Jack O’Lanterns, candles and other sources of fire are away from flammable objects and not in danger of being knocked over.

Parents should also inspect their children’s candy before they eat it.

For adults: Adults are advised to drive slowly and watch for children on the side of the street and medians before making turns. Adults are also reminded to clear their yards and porches of any obstacles or hazards.

Ordinarily, it’s a felony in Virginia to wear any kind of mask that conceals one’s identity. However, the law takes exception with “wearing traditional holiday costumes,” which will leave trick-or-treaters in the clear tonight.

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