Parents preach all year long to not take candy from strangers — well, of course, unless it's Halloween.
It's that time of the year for fun and fright, but there are some safety precautions to consider before taking those little ghosts, scarecrows and princesses out to trick-or-treat.
Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said reserve officers will be in marked cruisers patrolling the neighborhoods during Stow's trick-or-treat time. Click here for the date and time for Halloween this year. (Stow also offers a second chance to score Halloween candy at City Hall on Oct. 26.)
The chief said parents should provide calamine lights (glow sticks) to their children, which will be helpful in keeping an eye on the children and illuminate them to drivers.
It's also important to know your surroundings. A list of registered sex offenders can be found on the Summit County Sheriff website. There are 17 people listed in Stow's 44224 zip code.
A searchable database with an interactive map is available at Familywatchdog.org.
Click on the .pdf attached to this post for even more Halloween safety tips provided by the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.