#childsafety | Marion Co., West Virginia, authorities share tips for having a fun, safe Halloween |

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — With Halloween only a few weeks away, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairmont Police Department are sharing tips and advice to make trick-or-treating as safe and fun as possible.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle and Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine said once trick or treat rolls around at the end of the month, one of the most important ways to keep safe is to stick together, either buddying up with a friend or sticking with a parent as one goes house-to-house.

“Try to wear bright, reflective colors or incorporate them into your costume in some way,” Shine said. “Reflective bags are also a way to do it. Carry a flashlight.”

“Make sure the masks or costumes that you’re wearing don’t restrict your eyesight,” Riffle said. “You want to be able to see well. … Just be aware and watch for traffic.”

Riffle also said trick-or-treaters should stick to neighborhoods with which they’re already familiar, and to never approach a darkened house.

“Don’t eat anything along the trick-or-treat route. Check it all before the kids eat it. … Make sure none of the wrapping has been tampered with or anything like that,” Riffle said.

While Riffle, Shine and other promote these tips very year, they also said that a threat rarely — if ever — presents itself on Halloween, especially when it comes to tainted candy.

However, they added that just because an occurrence is exceedingly rare, it can still happen, and it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

“We haven’t had any instances of abductions or attempted abductions or things of that nature, but it’s always best to be aware of where you’re at, who you’re with and your surroundings,” Riffle said. “Basic safety rules apply on Halloween the same they do the rest of the year. It’s always good to be vigilant and proactive. … It’s very prudent to practice safety precautions not only on Halloween, but any time you’re out.”

Fairmont News Editor John Mark Shaver can be reached at 304-844-8485 or jshaver@theet.com.

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