Columbia police offer safety tips for Halloween weekend

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COLUMBIA - As Halloween weekend approaches, the Columbia Police Department is offering safety tips to keep everyone in the community safe. 

According to a study by, about nine in ten parents reported their kids participate in Halloween activities, and nearly 75 percent go trick-or-treating door-to-door. 

The report also found more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. as compared to the same hours on any other day of the year. 

This year, a public information officer with CPD shared tips to create the safest environtment for everyone. 

  • Accompany your children trick-or-treating, especially if you are unfamilar with your neighbors.
  • Be careful crossing the street. Take a flashlight with you and always double check, both ways. Some costume can be dark and easy for drivers to miss. 
  • Drivers, be extra cautious of the increased amount of people out and about. 
  • If you aren't going trick-or-treating with your kids, know the route they will be taking and check in with them periodically.
  • Check all the candy that your kids recieve before letting them eat it.

CPD will post these safety tips on their facebook page Friday. 

[Editor's note: The headline has been updated for spelling and style.]