HPD urges safe costumes, behavior for Halloween
Listed are suggestions from the National Safety Council and the Hays Police Department for a safe Halloween:
* Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
* Watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs.
* Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
* At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Before children start trick-or-treating, parents should:
* Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will supervise the outing for children younger than 12.
* Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions.
* Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick.
* Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
* Teach children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit -- and never to enter a stranger's home.
* Establish a return time.
* Tell youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
* Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
In addition to the above suggestions, when deciding what to wear for a Halloween costume, children and parents might consider the costume should be easily seen if out after dark. It also should not cover children's eyes or restrict vision in any way. Costumes should not hang too long where a child could trip.
Parents should remind children to wait until they are at home to eat treats, and only after the treats have been inspected by an adult. Any treats that are unwrapped should be thrown out, as well as anything that looks suspicious. If there is any doubt, the item should not be eaten.
Remembering basic safety rules this Halloween will help everybody have fun while staying safe.
The National Safety Council also urges motorists to be especially alert on Halloween.