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Parents' fears increase this Halloween

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If there is a Halloween trend, it's not a particularly happy one.  The candy is getting smaller and parents' fears are getting larger.

While the little ones worry about the best way to wear a fire hat this Halloween, parents are worrying about loading up on enough candy to give out and of course, keeping children safe.

"But we want to make it safer..it wasn't dangerous, we want to make it safer so we do more of a neighborhood block party style," said Rebecca Smith.

Smith became emotional when talking about why she would only take her kids to just a few homes trick or treating this year.

Marisol Flores says the shooting massacre in a Colorado movie theater frightens her still and has changed her Halloween this year.

"They killing people so you never know.  I love my kids so, you know, so you'll just keep them at home," she said.

Other families say they're downsizing by focusing on family gatherings rather than a night filled with trick or treating.

"I think parents are more involved..they used to be able to send their kids out," said Rebecca Smith.  "I don't see that anymore.  I see parents taking their kids out."

There will be so many kids running around these neighborhoods Wednesday night and a warning again to stay aware and alert while driving.

Sadly, Halloween night is the most dangerous night for children because of the potential for them to be hit by cars.

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