Halloween Tips for Little Goblins

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Glenn Leach and Allen Haywood of the Rector Police Dept. present trick-or-treat bags to preschoolers during a recent discussion on Halloween Safety

The Rector and Piggott Police Departments encourage parents and children to follow safety guidelines when celebrating Halloween on Thursday.

"Halloween is a fun night, but it's important to remember to take precautions," Rector Chief of Police Glenn Leach said.

Area police departments remind all those enjoying the holiday to keep the following safety measures in mind:

* Cross only at intersections, never between them.

* Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk. Another good idea is to remove any masks or items which might impair vision when crossing the street.

* Carry a flashlight to not only see better, but be easier to spot by drivers.

* Be watchful for cars and trucks turning or backing out of driveways.

* Never go inside a house unless a parent or guardian is with you.

* Parents need to know the route children are taking and make sure children are accompanied by an adult.

* Set time limits when children should be home. The RPD recommends allowing small children to trick-or-treat from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and older children to go from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

* Instruct children NOT to eat homemade treats from strangers. Only eat commercially wrapped products. If there is any suspicion, throw it out.

* Make sure costumes are made of brightly colored, flame retardant materials.

* Put reflector strips on costumes to allow children to be seen more easily.

* Avoid high-heeled shoes or long dangling pieces which could cause a fall.

* Drive cautiously on Halloween. Excited children may dart in front of a vehicle.

* Remove obstacles from lawns and steps to prevent injuries to children.

Parents and children are reminded the presence of eggs, biscuits, water balloons, paint balls or other similar items may become acts of criminal mischief under penalty of the law. The use of such items in a mischievous way is in no way encouraged and could result in severe fines and penalties.

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