As all of the ghouls and goblins finish up their costumes in preparation for the big night it is important that as they are collecting their candy to stay safe.
When it comes to Halloween safety some parents are pro’s on the basic safety tips.
“You know keep them by you at all times, watch your surroundings, stuff like that you just make sure that they are right next to you. Hold their hands, especially the small ones,” says Michael Maxwell, parent.
“We watch out for the moving cars, we try to stay in groups, we try to use reflections so that people can see our children,” say Sandra Hedden, parent.
Terre Haute Police will increase patrols in areas with a lot of trick or treating, even with that they ask parents to brush up on the tricks to keep their kids safe.
“You know it starts with walking in groups. Walk in well lit areas. Know where you are at. It is easy, especially in the city to get a block away and get confused on where you are at, especially if you are a young person.Make sure that they are reflective in their costume or something that they have on whether it be their bag, make sure they have a light,” says Ryan Adamson, THPD PIO.
They are also reminding trick-or-treaters of tips that may not seem as obvious.
“It is awful tempting sometimes to open up a door at somebody’s house and they say “oh it is cold outside come inside I will give you candy.” Don’t do it, and you need to relay that to your children. Don’t allow your children to do it as parents and make sure your children know that is not acceptable under any circumstance,” says Adamson.
Police say that they don’t want kids to be afraid of every stranger, but this time of year it is better to be safe than sorry. That idea continues even when the costumes come off.
“Of course you need to check your children’s candy. That doesn’t mean opening every piece up and looking at it. But for the most part you can look at candy and see if it has been tampered, see if there has been anything put in it,” says Adamson.
While you are out, enjoy the holiday, but like any other day if you see something suspicious call 911.
“If you think something is wrong, call the police. Let us get there and decide if something is wrong or not. If you think that they are simply out trick-or-treating, let it go,” says Adamson.
The Illinois State Police sent over a full list of safety tips not only for trick-or-treater’s but for everyone that will be out on Halloween:
- Stay off the roadway unless crossing the street, and always cross the street at crosswalks or unobscured intersections.
- A responsible adult should accompany children while trick-or-treating.
- Ensure children know their address and phone number. If they do not know it, attached it to their clothes.
- Flashlights and/or reflective tape should be used so drivers can see trick-or-treaters.
- If unaccompanied, children should only travel in familiar areas and along pre-established routes.
- Children should never enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.
- Set a time for older children to return home.
- Trick-or-treating visits should be restricted to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated.
- Watch for jack-o-lanterns lit with candles as costumes may brush against the candle flame and catch fire.
- A responsible adult should examine treats prior to consumption by the child.
- Homemade treats should be avoided.
- Drivers are reminded to drive slowly; keep their eyes on the road, not their cell phone; and watch for children darting into the street.
For a full list of times for trick-or-treating in your area, click here.