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No change to date for trick or treating

Officials encourage residents to be cautious and remember safety as the Crossroads gets ready for the candy treats and friendly hauntings of All Hallows' Eve.

The observance will take place on Wednesday, as the calendar says. It is a rare occurrence for the city to recommend an alternate date.

"If we change it from Wednesday, you're going to have some people go out on Wednesday and some go out on that other day," said Police Chief Ralph Dance.

He encourages motorists to be extra cautious Wednesday evening as the costumed youngsters take to the streets in search of goodies and for parents to make sure trick or treaters are easily visible.

"Make sure they're wearing something reflective while they're out going door to door and carrying a flashlight," he said. "They need to be supervised with a family member. Small children don't need to be out doing anything by themselves."

Parents should look through all of their child's candy and make sure it appears safe, he said.

It's also recommended to stick to well-lit areas and the homes of people who are known.