Halloween safety event canceled due to weather

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The Springfield Police Department announced Thursday that it is canceling its annual Halloween safety event due to heavy rain predicted in the weather forecast.

The event was previously scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Even though the event is canceled, the Springfield Police Department reminds families to be safe and follow these tips:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone
  • Visit familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets
  • Never accept rides from strangers
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them
  • Hold a flashlight or glowstick or fasten reflective tape to costumes to see in the dark or be seen
  • Always walk and don’t run from house to house
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks when possible
  • Only walk up to a home if it feels safe to do so
  • Remind children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and law enforcement
  • Walk younger children to the door to receive treats
  • Do not let children enter a house unless a parent is present and is familiar with the resident
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats

Springfield’s official trick-or-treating hours are 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

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