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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ALWAYS walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
- BE SURE children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
- DISCUSS basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.
- CONSIDER organizing a home or community party as an alternative to “trick-or-treating.”
- MAKE sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated. Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
- 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.
- REMIND children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.
Have a fun evening!