Police emphasize Halloween safety after tampered candy found at Clinton ‘Monster Mash’

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CLINTON - Police are telling residents who went to a Halloween event at Joel School to examine it carefully after a box of candy was found to be opened, candy removed, replaced and the box re-glued shut.

dots2Police said a parent found a box of Dots candy that had been opened. All the candy in the box was red and the box had been obviously re-glued. Police said the candy should have been several colors and some glue had been dripped down the side.

Police asked parents who attended the Monster Mash at the Joel School in Clinton on Saturday evening to examine the candy to ensure it was not tampered with.

"If you aren’t sure if your candy may have been tampered with, we urge you to error on the side of caution and merely discard the candy." police said in a statement.

The hustle and bustle of trick-or-treating can also make you vulnerable to other incidents and accidents.

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The Center for Disease Control estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

State Police are urging you to take it slow and offer these tips for a safe night of trick or treating:

  • Make sure costumes fit properly to avoid tripping and falling
  • Wear bright or light-colored costumes to be visible
  • Stay in familiar areas and walk in a group
  • Walk, don't run near streets
  • Supervise children under age of 16
  • Use sidewalks or paths
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights to be seen by drivers
  • Drivers should take extra precaution on the roads. Keep a watchful eye around intersections and near curbs, especially during peak Halloween hours which are between 5:30 -8:30 p.m.