Navigate Your Way Through a Safer Halloween

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

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Halloween is just around the corner and a lot of times safety is the last thing on a child's mind.

Captain Gonzalez of the Houston County Sheriff's Department says now is a good time to start talking to your children about being aware of the dangers in the night.

"You should tell them the safety regards in reference to don't be crossing the street of course, don't be walking out in the roadway of course, stay with the group of kids that we've already got lined up for everybody here."

And police want parents to have a plan of action for the holiday too.

"We do encourage people to plan their routes in advance. For children it's very important that you have established route so that if you become lost or separated, your children know not only your phone number, but the procedure for calling 9-1-1 should they become lost."

While Halloween is a dark and spooky night, be sure to take a flashlight for good safety measure.

"Have that flashlight to light their path, to reduce trip hazards as well as to make them more visible to oncoming traffic."

Trick-or-treating should be done in groups and children should be told never to enter a stranger's home.

"As far as going into someone's house that you don't know, don't do it."

Children tend to get excited on Halloween night and may forget about street safety.
So remind them to stay on the sidewalk as they go from house to house, and to watch for cars when they cross the street.

"As a mother, it terrifies me to see cars moving so fast through neighborhoods so we make it a point while we're out as a family that we go out with the kids and we try to use side walks."

"Trick-or-treat up one side of the road, make one crossing with an adult and then trick-or-treat back down the other side of the road, again to avoid getting in traffic."

And remember, trick-or-treaters should stay in groups and limit themselves to familiar neighborhoods.

"Address these things before you go out to ensure that you have a safe and happy Halloween."

Also, it's important to recognize that not everyone celebrates Halloween, so skip houses that aren't lit or decorated.

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