Today is Halloween! Throughout the day and especially tonight, cities and towns all across America will be buzzing with young (and old) trick-or-treaters. If you’ll be on the streets or simply handing out candy, etc., we’d love to hear about trick-or-treating in your town. Leave your thoughts and tips in the comments below!
No matter where you live, the list of tips for Halloween night posted by the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers’ Association (LAAPOA) on Facebook—and prepared by the Kissimmee Police Department—is worth a look. To those going trick-or-treating, the LAAPOA offers the following:
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- Walk in groups. Children should not trick-or-treat alone. Walking with a trusted adult is optimal.
- Help drivers see you….fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags. Hold a flashlight to help you see and others see you.
- Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
- Avoid entering a home for treats unless accompanied by a trusted adult.
- All treats should be examined prior to eating them. Look for choking hazards and tampering. Limit the number of treats consumed at one time.
- Eat only commercially-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the person well.
And to those welcoming trick-or-treaters:
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on a sturdy table and keep them out of reach of pets and small children. Never leave them unattended.
And lastly, no matter where you’re traveling, “Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.” Happy Halloween!
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