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Events full of tricks, treats

Hundreds of children dressed as everything from Ninja Turtles to Batman will be marching in parades, bobbing for apples and canvassing neighborhoods for candy this Halloween. The goal of local law officials, parents, schools, churches and other organizations this year is to make 1990 Citrus County's safest and most enjoyable Halloween ever.

Sgt. Jim Beebe with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office offered a few tips to help make this a safe holiday for children.

"Children need to be supervised by a parent, travel in groups, follow traffic rules and wear brightly colored or reflective clothing. Also, do not consume any treat until it is inspected by an adult, and anything homemade or home-wrapped should be discarded to avoid contamination," he said.

Beebe said state health officials also have recommended that all children be in from trick-or-treating before 6:30 p.m., due to the recent encephalitis scare.

Gail Tierney, public information officer with the Sheriff's Office, also warned of older trick-or-treaters who may be thinking of vandalizing property.

"Throwing eggs and fruit at property can lead to damage and injury and possibly an arrest, so play it safe and consider the privacy of other individuals and respect their property," she said.