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Oct 30, 2018

Our Deputy City Marshals have some safety tips to make Halloween a real treat for the entire family. Have fun and be safe! 

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Check Nextdoor for their treat map in your area
  • Travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit and never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Costumes should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eyeholes. Test makeup before Halloween to make sure there are no skin sensitivities.
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street and don’t cut through alleys.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Motorist should watch for children darting out between parked cars and walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Motorist should enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • End trick or treating by 9 p.m.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately to 311 or use 911 if there is an emergency