Children practice pedestrian safety in anticipation of Halloween

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Halloween is a major holiday for children, but also one the most dangerous nights of the year for kids walking on New Jersey roadways.

At Central Avenue School in Madison, children participated in Trick-or-Treat Walk to School Day Wednesday morning, where they received glow-in the-dark bracelets from crossing guards that will help keep them in sight later while trick-or-treating.

The bracelets are from TransOptions, a non-profit holding events all over New Jersey.

Central Avenue School Principal Tom Liss said, “The bracelets are great, they’re glow in the dark so we want to make it fun as well and give students rewards."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Local police departments are putting out messages to parents asking them to keep safety in mind when they dress their kids.

Detective Steven D’Ambola of the Cranford Police Department said, “Some of the costumes are dark and some of the masks prevent visibility for the children. We want them to just be as safe as possible. If they're wearing masks take them off when crossing the street. Again, wear anything light or reflective to help augment the costume."

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