FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 20, 2011) -- The Fort Rucker Community Police wants the community to have a safe and fun Halloween as trick-or-treating is observed on post Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Peggy Contreras, Fort Rucker Community Police supervisor, provided many safety tips for children who will be donning their costumes and the adults who will be tagging along.

"Safety should always come first. Children should be with parents or a trustworthy adult, not just other children," she said.

Contreras also encouraged trick-or-treaters and parents to wear light colored clothing or reflective patches, along with carrying a flashlight for after dark. She advised that before Halloween, parents should make a plan with children in case they get separated.

"Costumes should fit well, so that children don't trip. Have an emergency contact pinned inside the costume, so that if your child gets lost, they have a way to reach you," said Contreras.

Those who will be driving during the trick-or-treating hours should exercise even more caution than usual around crosswalks and in neighborhoods.

"Drivers should slow down and be aware and pedestrians should be careful around crosswalks," she said.

While Halloween is a spooky time, the police encouraged older children to be careful with their antics.

"Older children and teenagers should keep the horseplay to a minimum. Sometimes younger kids are afraid of costumes, so older children shouldn't try to frighten them,"

She also urged parents to continue to be safe after the trick-or-treating is over by thoroughly checking candy for tampering. She said children should never eat uninspected or unwrapped candy, even if they know the source.

Contreras noted that Fort Rucker is a safe community, but that the police would still be available to ensure that trick-or-treaters stay safe.

"Patrols will be out monitoring, and we hope that McGruff will be out visiting the trick-or-treaters, too. If you see something unusual, don't try to handle it on your own. Get as much information as possible and then call for assistance," she said, adding that a happy Halloween benefits the whole community "This is a good time to get out and meet your neighbors. A safe and successful Halloween helps build the community on Fort Rucker."

For more Halloween safety tips, or to report a concern, call 255-2222.