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Police: Parents should watch after kids on Halloween

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Kids were treated to safe trick-or-treating on Monday at the Sierra Sunrise Harvest Festival. (FOX5) Kids were treated to safe trick-or-treating on Monday at the Sierra Sunrise Harvest Festival. (FOX5)

On Monday, children dressed in costumes at the Sierra Sunrise Harvest Festival were carrying bags and trick-or-treating just as they would on Halloween.

It's part of the Sunrise Sierra's Coalition to offer a communitywide event in Northeast Las Vegas where parents didn't have to worry about their child's safety.

Parent Justin Myers has taken his four young sons trick-or-treating before and knows the dangers on the street. He and his wife prefer to take them to Halloween events where they don't have to worry.

"It's a safe event so, you know, nobody is going to come up and do anything, and get the kids out and know that we're getting safe candy and everything," Myers said.

Christina Diaz, Sierra Sunrise volunteer, said it's a chance for the community and law enforcement to interact while keeping children safe in an area of town that is known for its high crime rate.

"Because of the statistics, we've bonded together as a coalition, Sunrise Coalition, to come in and help these kids be safe," Diaz said.

Aside from just this area of town, Capt. Rich Fletcher of Metro's Northeast Area Command recommends for all parents to be aware of the dangers that come with Halloween.

"Right now, it's a very safe environment," Fletcher said. "Our worries come on Thursday night. When the kids are not with their parents, they're not in a secure environment."

Two years ago, 12-year old Faith Love was struck and killed on Halloween night while crossing the street in a Summerlin neighborhood.

Fletcher says pedestrian safety is one of their main concerns this time of year.

"The biggest safety concern we see on Halloween is traffic," Fletcher said. "You have so kids running through neighborhoods and the cars coming through, there might be some drinkers and they're not paying attention."

Other tips law enforcement recommends is for parents to walk with their kids, have them walk in groups and on sidewalks if possible. They recommend also to have children consider wearing makeup instead of masks so it doesn't obstruct a child's view when they're trying to cross the street.

If parents don't want to take their kids on the street trick-or-treating, law enforcement is hosting multiple events over the next three days for parents to take their children.

Here is a list of a few events: 

Tuesday - Metro Trunk or Treat

South Central Area Command will participate in the Shield of HOPE Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. at the Cambridge Recreation Center. LVMPD officers will be out there passing out candy.

Wednesday - NLV Trunk/Treat Spooktacular

North Las Vegas has spooky celebrations planned for kids and families. Costumes are encouraged.

Enjoy a sweet and spooky family event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at La Bonita Supermarket, 2672 Las Vegas Boulevard North. For information, call (702) 651-4698 or (702) 633-5632.

Thursday - Town Square – Town SCARY

Town Square will offer trick-or-treating events with costume contests. Town Scary is free and open to the public. Children should bring their own basket for trick-or-treating 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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