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Police remind parents of trick-or-treat safety measures

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To make Halloween a treat for children, police are reminding parents of some basic tips that will make for a fun and safe holiday.

The owner of CT Stage Company, Harvey Ricard, said this year, costumes have been all about minions, Olof and the roaring 20s.

With 10,000 costumes to choose from, he said kids and adults usually find the right disguise.

"The last three or four days, we need a policeman in the parking lot sometimes to direct traffic," Ricard said.

Ricard said some costumes are little tougher to handle.

"When it's big like this, usually you know to have another person with you," he said. "You have to have someone hold your hand."

Police said children's costumes should be flame retardant and easy to move around in when worn.

They suggested avoiding floor-length and bulky costumes out of which it's difficult to see. They also suggested makeup.

Marlene Arini said she's keeping all of that in mind as she prepares for more children than usual to creep through her home on Saturday.

"I have family and friends, some spookers and some individuals that actually help control the crowd, make sure that they are in line and we take groups of individuals at a time," Arini explained.

The mother of two said she's been doing her setup for years and said safety has always been a factor.

"We've always brought flashlights [and] had the kids wear the reflectors on them so that they are all safe," she said.

Police suggested the same and encouraged kids to trick or treat while its still light out.

They are urging drivers to be extremely alert, especially with excited dressed up children in neighborhoods.

They're also asking parents to check out all the treats and get rid of any candy that is not wrapped.

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