IMPD cautions parents about letting teens include weapon props with costumes

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 1, 2015) - Halloween is quickly approaching and costumes are flying off the shelves, but as kids and teens search for that perfect ensemble for trick-or-treat night, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has important information for parents.

Violent Halloween costumes are becoming popular trends for kids and teens. IMPD said fake guns and knives are looking more authentic than ever. They said sometimes they look so real even officers can't tell the difference.

While it's not illegal to have a fake gun or knife, IMPD said kids and teens need to pay attention to how they are using the prop as part of their costumes.

“When people project these images of authenticity and their behavior and mannerisms are that of criminals that we come in contact with every day makes it challenging," explained Officer Chris Wilburn.

IMPD also said criminals may try to blend in with kids and teens while trick-or-treating and violent costumes could make it easier for them to do so. Police said it's the responsibility of parents to make sure kids' costumes are appropriate.

“If things look to be so authentic that you can’t determine, as an adult, whether it’s real or not, don’t let the kiddos go outside and use that as a part of their costume," Wilburn said.