Phoenix PD: Halloween safety tips

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- It’s that time of year again! Soon little ghosts and goblins, cartoon characters, superheroes and ghouls of all types will fill our streets with jubilant screams. They will bang on our doors and threaten serious trickery if their demands for sweet treats are not immediately met! It’s Halloween and it’s all in great fun. So, let’s keep them safe.

Guidelines for parents and trick-or-treaters:

-All children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

-Costumes should not be restrictive, should not hinder the vision of the child, and should be clearly visible at night (costumes with light-reflecting materials are highly recommended).

-Your children should be cautioned to not consume treats before they can be carefully inspected by parents.

-Homemade-type treats (baked goods, Rice Krispies Treats, etc.) and fruits/nuts should not be consumed unless parents know from where they came.  

Trick-or-treating should be enjoyed in well-lighted communities, and only well-lit homes should be approached.

Adults should carry flashlights and, if at all possible, children should also carry portable lighting of some type.

All traffic rules for pedestrians should be followed. Motor vehicle traffic will increase in our communities during Halloween eve. Parents should be cautious as they move about with their children, and we want to remind drivers to be on the lookout for those ghosts and goblins.

Guidelines for those who pass out treats:

-Distributing homemade treats should be avoided. These type treats will often be thrown out unless the parents know the provider.

-Ensure that your home is well lit for the children if you intend to pass out treats.

-Be wary of those who approach your home seeking monetary donations of any kind (including the sale of products). Halloween is not the time for this. If you cannot verify that the solicitation is legitimate, do not participate.

-If you are concerned that a child is too young to be out alone and you can confirm that there is no adult supervision, call your local police for assistance.

A few extra points:


-Older children (perhaps beyond 12 years of age) should travel in groups and remain in familiar neighborhoods.

-Everyone should adhere to the hours for trick-or-treating as established by your community.

-If you observe suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call police right away.

It really is a great time of year for our community; some say this is when the fall and winter holidays begin! So let’s start the season off by having a safe and enjoyable Halloween.