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Kids jump start Halloween in 'truck-or-treating' event

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WINSTON-SALEM--Kids in Winston-Salem got a jump-start on trick-or-treating Sunday when they went “truck"-or-treating at the Children's Museum.

Dressed in their best Halloween costumes, kids went from truck to truck, just as they would go door-to-door on Halloween night. Museum officials roped off the area so kids could run freely without worrying about speeding cars.

"It's a really fun way to experience the Halloween events without any of the danger,” said Kernersville resident and mom Christina Gordon.

Gordon said her biggest concerns on Halloween are dark streets and traffic, and many parents agree with her. That's why these daytime events are becoming more popular.

"Parents are not always trick-or-treating in neighborhoods anymore, and they're looking for events like this,” said Elizabeth Dampier, executive director of the Children's Museum. “It's a safe environment... It's roped off so you're in a certain area."

Of course, many kids still want to experience traditional trick-or-treating. If you do venture out on Halloween night, Greensboro Police say there are some common-sense safety tips you should take with you.

You should stay in well lit areas and only approach houses if the lights are on. If your kids are old enough to go out without parental supervision, they should stay in a group and check in regularly.

"If you're going to be late, then make sure you definitely call the parent. Let them know 'Hey, I'm running a little bit over',” said Officer S.R. Little. “Be safe, and have a happy Halloween."

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