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Halloween: Beware marijuana-laced 'Reefer’s,' '3 Rastateers' candy

October 31, 2012 | 12:30 pm

People dressed in costumes for the 16th annual "Treats in the Streets" Autumn Festival at the Old Towne Orange Plaza on Oct. 25. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times

Public safety officials have issued a slew of warnings for parents as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween night.

Chief among them: beware of drunk drivers, marijuana-laced candy, and dark streets and alleys.

Halloween is the third busiest night of the year for car and pedestrian accidents and trips to the emergency room, officials reported, adding that 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the streets tonight nationwide, the Burbank Leader reported.

Authorities advise trick-or-treaters to travel in pairs or groups, carry a flashlight, wear costumes that don't obstruct their vision, watch for cars, and don't enter the homes of strangers.

At a joint news conference with Los Angeles police Wednesday, Burbank Capt. Denis Cremins said the city was calm last year, with no Halloween-related accidents -- and he hopes to keep it that way.

"That'll be our primary mission -- ensuring kids are safe out there," Cremins said.

Officers will be patrolling the streets in full force with a heightened focus on speeding and distracted drivers, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jeffrey Bert said.

"There's no costume or mask that's going to hide drunk driving," Bert said.

Police also asked that parents inspect every piece of candy a child receives -- if it's open, spoiled or looks strange, throw it away.

Marijuana-infused candy can be packaged and named like normal candy. For example, look out for "Reefer's" candy that looks like "Reese's" peanut butter cups; "Keef Kat" candy that looks like "Kit Kat" bars; "3 Rastateers" bars that look like "3 Musketeers" bars; "Trippy" peanut butter that looks like "Skippy;" and "Loopy Loops" cereal that looks like "Froot Loops."

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-- Alene Tchekmedyian and Jason Wells, Times Community News

Photo: People dressed in costumes for the 16th annual "Treats in the Streets" Autumn Festival at the Old Towne Orange Plaza on Oct. 25. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times

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