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DPS plans for normal Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2001

SIKESTON -- With terrorist attacks and anthrax fears filling the thoughts of many Americans, Halloween 2001 is taking on a more cautious approach.

Across the country the fears of many adults are trickling down to their children and come Oct. 31, there may be fewer kids going door-to-door for candy.

In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Huckabee is urging children to be kept home for Halloween in light of the anthrax scare. The governor said he is not concerned about children becoming victims as they go door-to-door with candy, but he is worried about edgy parents calling law enforcement to look at all their children's candy.

In Fort Worth, Tex., Mayor Kenneth Barr told the Fort Worth City Council that he was not banning trick-or-treating, but he urged parents to take their children to neighborhood, church or private parties instead.

Locally, however, the fears are not as strong. Capt. Joe Sebourn of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety said there should be no problem trick-or-treating in Sikeston.

"It should be just like any normal Halloween," Sebourn said. "Still, parents should take precautions and check their children's candy carefully."

The problem of skittish parents calling law enforcement is something Sebourn said he believes won't be much of a problem.

"(Parents) should look at the candy and if there is anything they feel might be tampered with, they should check it out or have us check it out," Sebourn said.

Another problem that is feared in some places is Halloween pranks. The holiday is normally known for mischievous young people, but with the recent anthrax scare, a whole new world has been opened up.

"I don't particularly think we will have any of them here," Sebourn said. "But, we're always concerned about the unknown and always conscience of those type of things."

Sebourn said DPS officers will be out in full force Halloween night with extra personnel in order to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween.