Halloween safety

Happy Halloween! Hopefully the day is shaping up to be a good one and tonight (for those of us who have kids) we’ll be enjoying a not-too-cold evening for trick-or-treating. And if you’re doing that please be safe! There’s a certain amount of common sense involved, of course—don’t let you kids go inside anyone’s house, for instance—but the Oregon State Police have also issued a helpful list of ten things you can do to make Halloween safer for your kids.

  1. CHOOSE bright, flame-retardant costumes or add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark. In addition, carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  2. PLAN a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated, or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.
  3. NEVER send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children should always travel in groups.
  4. ALWAYS walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
  5. BE SURE children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
  6. DISCUSS basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.
  7. CONSIDER organizing a home or community party as an alternative to “trick-or-treating.”
  8. MAKE sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated. Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
  9. TEACH children to say “NO!” or “this is not my mother/father” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. And teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
  10. REMIND children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.

Have a fun evening!