"Be prepared for the unexpected because the one thing we can always count on is kids to be unpredictable," says Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville police department.
Especially kids in costume.
"On your sidewalks on your streets," Stout says.
With trick or treaters taking over Wednesday, Halloween can bring hazard for these covered-up candy seekers.
"Whenever you're crossing a street, the old adage of 'Look left, look right and look left again' really applies here," Stout says.
Not bad advice for those behind the wheel either.
"Be especially cautious coming up to intersections where there are maybe marked or unmarked crosswalks," Stout says. "We really want to stress plan a little extra time in your day, try not to be in such a hurry."
Officials say some costumes impair vision, making it that much harder for trick or treaters to see drivers at night.
"If they're coming up to a crosswalk or something, they may have to take that mask off so they can cross the street safely," Stout says.
And remember just because you see a pumpkin on the porch, it doesn't always mean visitors are welcome.
"If you see a house where the lights are off, no one may be home or they just may not want to participate in this year's event," Stout says.
So drivers, ditch the distractions.
Parents, maybe pack a flashlight.
And don't go knocking on doors unless you know the neighborhood.
"Take that extra vigilance so we don't have an accident," Stout adds. "(We) want everyone to have a good time, but we want them to be safe."
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