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HALLOWEEN A BIT TRICKIER THIS YEAR, PARENTS ARE TOLD

No one is talking about canceling Halloween, but given world events, officials are suggesting parents take extra care to watch their children this trick-or-treat season.

Most communities are allowing trick-or-treating this year between 5 or 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

Here's some advice to trick-or-treaters and their parents from authorities:

Parents should accompany children.

Trick-or-treating should be limited to homes familiar to the parents and children, with a focus on neighbors, friends and family.

Parents should discourage children from being involved in Halloween pranks. Given concerns many people are feeling, even a prank intended to be funny or harmless could be taken the wrong way.

In Buffalo, any candy or other items thought to be unsafe or suspicious should be reported to city police on the complaint line, 853-2222.

If parents are interested in X-raying candy, Munroe Chiropractic, 6035 Main St. in Williamsville, offers free screening of Halloween candy from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officials also have suggested children attend Halloween parties or community centers instead of going door to door this year.

Events are held throughout the region. Here's a sampling:

The Parkside Community Association will stage its annual Halloween party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Church of the Good Shepherd, at the corner of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue. It will include games, prizes and refreshments. The event is free, though donations at the door are appreciated. For information, call 838-1240.

CRUCIAL Community Center will hold a Fall Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the center, 230 Moselle St. The festival will feature step/drill teams, entertainment, music and food.

Brighton Volunteer Fire Company's party begins with a 6:15 p.m. parade Wednesday starting at Alexander Hamilton School at Westfall Drive and St. Amelia Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company's party begins with a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday parade starting at the Kenilworth Playground at Ford Avenue at Hawthorne Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.

An Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company party begins Wednesday with a 6:15 p.m. parade starting in Highland Plaza, 235 Highland Parkway, Town of Tonawanda.

The Lancaster Village Fire Department and its ladies auxiliary are sponsoring a Halloween parade for parents and children at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The parade will begin in the Rite Aid parking lot on Central Avenue. There will be a party in the fire hall for children up to 12 years old.

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