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Trick-or-treat safety tips

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Halloween is upon us. For the next three nights, thousands of kids will hit the streets in hopes to gain enough candy to last a year. But in order to have fun you have to be safe.  And it starts before you leave the house.

Tim, Nate and Andy Althaus have never been so excited. It's the friday before Halloween and they're suiting up to go trick or treating. It's the first time youngest, Andy, gets to walk with his brothers.

"He's 17 months old and this will be his first time out trick or treating. Last year he was too little to go out. This year he's gonna enjoy the candy," said Doug Althaus.

But before they leave the house everyone must be prepared. Flash lights, candy bags, and costume props.

"We like to go out right away while its still daylight outside. We try to get done before it gets dark. We do have the kids carry flashlights," said Althaus.

As the grim reaper, battlegon and Dalmatian head out tonight they're only to familiar places.

"We don't do to any houses we don't know cause theses days you don't know what kind of candy you're gonna get," said Athlaus.

Acting Dubuque Police Chief Terry Tobin says this weekend they expect a lot of people out. Saturday trick or treaters take the streets of Dubuque.

"We're gonna make sure we don't' have reckless driving in neighborhoods, speeding in neighborhoods. Just making sure everyone is acting safely while all the kids are out," said Tobin.

He says it's important that children are easy to see, especially when it gets dark. It's even more important that children can see.

"As long as you're partaking safely in fun activities it's not gonna be a problem," said Tobin.

In the meantime, the Althaus brothers are going will be going door to door, getting as much candy as they possibly can.

"Happy halloween!!!" they said.

As for adults, the same rules apply. Make sure your costume is safe to walk or drive in. Choose a designated driver, don't walk from from a party or bar alone.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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