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 width=Halloween is Friday night and local law enforcement officials will be on high alert as hundreds of kids will flood city streets for the annual door to door collection of candy.

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers indicates this week his department will be in all the elementary schools to talk to the kids about safety for Halloween. He explains they teach them the importance of costume safety and even accessory safety.

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Not only should kids be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating but Chief Lowers encourages doing so in groups. He encourages trick-or-treating in neighborhoods you are familiar with and to carry a small flashlight to be seen.

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For those handing out candy to the youngster, the Chief says it is still best to hand out only wrapped candy. He stresses handing out candy outside the door and for trick-or-treaters to never enter the home of a person handing out candy.

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The Chief says his department will increase patrols for Friday night including trick-or-treating.

He says the southwest side of the city sees the biggest spike in pedestrians during Halloween.

Chief Lowers also stresses for motorists out to be more alert for kids on the streets.

Halloween hours in Clinton are from 5-8 pm.

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