BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police in the Town of Tonawanda and other communities are getting ready Thursday morning for the big candy rush, but they want everyone to remember safety first, sweets second.
Candy can distract many of us on Halloween, but Town of Tonawanda Police say safety should also be on everyone's mind.
Town of Tonawanda Police Lieutenant Nick Bado said, “The most common hours to be out are from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.”
Make sure your children's costumes have some kind of reflective gear on them so passing cars can easily spot them. Reflective tape is an easy addition, so is a flashlight. Bado added, “or glow sticks are a great way to alert drivers to your presence.”
Masks can also limit your vision when you cross the street. Even if it’s not dark out, drivers should act like it is.
Bado said, “Drivers should turn their headlights on earlier, not because they can't see but so they can be seen.”
Police don't want to scare any little ones, but police are expecting to get some calls Thursday night about older kids targeting younger trick or treaters and stealing their candy.
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That isn't just mean, it could land you in jail.
Bado said, “That is technically a robbery. A robbery is defined as forcibly stealing someone's property, so its a serious offense.”
“I don't think some of these kids who are kind of bullying the younger ones think it’s a serious crime but it definitely is.”
Police also know adults will be at lots of parties Thursday night, and they expect more drunk drivers to be out there. Just remember police say to stay on the sidewalks, seems like common sense but when there is candy involved, things can get a little crazy.
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