Reporting by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley

With hundreds of people planning to flood the streets of Tuscaloosa County on Halloween night, keeping children safe is the top priority.

Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter of Northport Police recommended that costumes need to fit well and not block children’s eyes. He also mentioned to always stay in well-lit areas and for those who are driving, be cautious backing out of driveways and watch out for kids crossing the street.

“I know the chances of a child being struck by a car go way up around Halloween and during trick-or-treating,” Carpenter said.

In fact, on average children are twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween, according to To avoid this, parents are encouraged to teach their children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

After the fun of trick-or-treating is over, safety precautions do not stop at the sidewalk. Parents said they are careful to go home and check all candy before they let their children eat.

“I will not let my kids, you know, or his friends eat their candy without us inspecting it because you never know what can be out there,” said parent FranceSwan Gilmore.

Another main concern for parents is to make sure their trick-or-treaters go to safe areas. And with an influx of residential crime occurring over the past few months, parents are taking extra caution on where their kids are allowed to visit.

“The big thing is just stand in groups, you know, well-lit areas, kind of researching the area,” said parent Trevor Kates. “I’m not from around here, so kind of going to be doing some due diligence as far as, you know, what neighborhoods and everything are good to go.”

Popular hours for trick-or-treating are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Beginning then, stay on high alert for children.

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