Alternative Halloween options, tips help keep everyone safe this holiday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Doctors and police officers want everyone to stay safe this Halloween weekend, particularly when it comes to kids trick-or-treating.

"This is especially the time we need to pay attention, there (are) kids everywhere," State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said.

You'll want to focus on costumes and candy, instead of knocking on the door of Dr. Dan Corson-Knowles.

"Please don’t come visit me," Corson-Knowles, a faculty member at Eskenazi Hospital's Emergency Room, said.

Every Halloween, Corson-Knowles and his fellow ER doctors worry that kids will end up in their care.

"The biggest risk on Halloween is probably an injury from getting struck by a car," Corson-Knowles said.

The CDC says kids are four and a half times more likely to get hit by a car on Halloween, especially between the ages of 10 and 13. It's important to put your phones away, make a plan if you're a parent, and look out if you're a driver.

Beyond the ER, you'll also want to pick a safe place to trick-or-treat. Myers suggested you choose alternative options, like a "Trunk or Treat" event. His officers will hold on from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the State Police Museum.

"If you don’t know your area, your neighborhood, your friends that you’re going to go to, go to somewhere safe like this," Myers said.

The same goes for Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. The Lilly Club in Fountain Square opened their doors up to the community on Friday for a Halloween event.

"A lot of parents and guardians are weary of having their kids walking around the streets," Club Director Rob Rouse said.

Wherever you go, Myers and Corson-Knowles said you should stay visible, abide by your community's trick or treat hours, and most importantly have fun.

"Put the phone down, have a great night with your kids, and make some memories," Myers said.

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