Halloween Weapon Warning

There are going to be a lot of cute costumes out of Halloween night, but some of them might appear to be dangerous, especially to police.

Fake weapons like the guns for cowboys or swords for ninjas could look a little too real.

Sergeant John Spragins with the Wichita Falls Police Department said, "They really look very real these days."

That's why parents need to take all the precautions necessary to make sure officers can tell your little army man's toy is fake.

Sgt. Spragins explained there is no real way to tell if it is fake unless there is a visible safety on it or an orange tip.  Manufactures place those tips on the fake guns to signify that they aren't real.  One problem is kids like to take those tips off, so make sure your child doesn't do that.  It might be all a part of the fantasy, but it could also put your child in danger.

"We would hate for anyone to get hurt tonight and we want the kids to enjoy the holiday," Sgt. Spragins said.

The plus side is officers are aware kids will have fake toys out tonight, but there is always the risk some in the crowd will have a real gun.  So officers won't let their guard down.  For them, today is just like any other day.

So parents should watch what their kids are playing with and taking out the door tonight.  It isn't worth the risk.

"So take the time not only to color that gun or give some kind of indication that it's not a real gun, but also stay with your kids tonight," Sgt. Spragins said.

Police are urging parents not to let their kids trick-or-treat alone.  Try to pre-plan your route and stay in well lit areas.

Alexandra McClung

Newschannel 6