Here are some tips for all to enjoy a safe Halloween.
- Wear bright costumes with reflective tape or glow sticks so drivers can see you.
- Wear face paint instead of a mask. The mask can obstruct your vision. If you are wearing a mask always, remove it when you cross the street.
- Weapons as part of costumes should be easily identifiable as imitation.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult, or travel in groups if you are old enough to be out alone.
- Carry a cell phone if unaccompanied by an adult.
- Always walk on the sidewalks.
- Be very careful crossing the street! Do not run out from behind cars and do not go back and forth across the street; walk down one side of the street. When you reach the end, cross to the other side.
- Walk facing traffic on the side of the road if there are no sidewalks.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Watch for cars pulling out of driveways.
- Never go inside a stranger’s house for treats. Wait for them outside.
- Do not go near pets you don’t know.
- Pets you do know may not recognize you and may be scared by your costume; this may cause them to be unpredictable.
- Get a game plan in place so everyone knows the route to follow. Have a central place where everyone meets up if you are separated.
- Know the places along the route where it is safe to go for help.
- Do not eat treats until you get home.
- Parents and or Guardians should check and inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- If a house is in darkness, the homeowners are not participating in handing out treats.
- Slow down.
- Pay attention for children running across streets and know that some will be in dark costumes.
- Do not wear costumes that interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
- Do Not Drive while Impaired.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phone use, texting, taking pictures and social media posting.
- If possible, avoid driving in residential areas where there will be a high volume of trick-or-treaters.
- Ensure your house is well lit if you are participating in handing out treats.
- Keep walkways obstacle free.
- Report any suspicious activity you may see.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!