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Trick-or-treating is going to look a lot different this year in Livingston Parish. Because of the recent flooding, many homeowners are still rebuilding and won't be participating. Law enforcement is also asking parents to keep their eyes open.
"We're just asking parents to be extra cautious as they go out," says Lori Steele, public information officer for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
With so many homes empty or under construction, they pose a new threat to small children.
"Because they still have those building materials out, because the houses are going back up, there's a lot of dangers out there that we want folks to be aware of," Steele said. "Boards that have nails in them. Maybe folks aren't living on those properties, so there could be critters in there. Just watch out for those dangers that could pop up any and everywhere. We want it to be a safe Halloween for everyone."
Another issue will be traffic. Because of staggered school schedules, students will be getting out right as trick-or-treaters hit the streets. Parents will need to be extra cautious about cars on the road.
"There's going to be lots of activity, lots of little kids in costumes. Maybe they can't see out, so we're going to need everyone to be aware of those little ones that are going to be crossing those streets."
The sheriff's office is advising that all parents carefully map out a route that avoids unoccupied homes, carry a flashlight, and abide by the parish's scheduled trick-or-treating time period, which is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.