Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
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Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Safety Tips

Beggar’s Night is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Residents wishing to participate should leave a porch light on; all others should leave their porches dark. Drivers, please use extra caution on the roads that evening and watch for children trick-or-treating.

Before Trick-or-Treating
• Wear a costume which is easy to walk and be seen in.
• It is best to wear a non-flammable material so it can’t catch on fire.
• Use reflective tape on costumes so nighttime drivers can see you and carry a flashlight at all times. Glow sticks are a good alternative.
• Try to use makeup rather than a mask because children can see and breathe more easily. If a child does wear a mask, instruct them to take it off before crossing a street so they can see fully.
• Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well-lit and that you know well.
• Have children go with a parent, older sibling, or with a group. Never let a child go unattended.
• Teach kids how to call 9-1-1 if they get lost or in an emergency (if the child is old enough, give them a cell phone to carry).
• Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the costume or on a bracelet.

During Trick-or-Treating
• Trick-or-treat in a group and hold onto treat bags tightly.
• Only trick-or-treat at houses with well-lit porches.
• Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of a block.
• Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.
• Stop only at houses of people you know.
• Watch out for candles in Jack-O-Lanterns that may catch clothes on fire.
• NEVER go into the home of a stranger, even if invited inside for a treat.
• If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
• Parents should sort and check treats in a well-lit area before they are eaten.

After Trick-or-Treating
• Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
• Fruit is NOT recommended as a treat but if you do receive one and want to keep it, always wash and cut into pieces before taking a bite.