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From our friends at the New York State Police; some tips for Halloween safety. Please see the link at the bottom of this page for “Tips for Parents” and a Halloween Coloring book.
Bottom-line; parents should accompany their children. If they protest, that’s too bad. Accompany them anyway.
Bottom-line as to “pranks” that range from harmless to malicious, call the police. Extra police are out before and during Halloween. Parole and Probation authorities are out keeping an eye on sex offenders.
If you see young teens roaming as a group unescorted by adults, stand by your property and greet them kindly. Just knowing that adults claim the neighborhood as their own is enough to keep most young folks in check.
In most neighborhoods, parents and adults intuitively know this and interact with other adults and children as they pass by. Keep your cell phones handy.
If you see strange adults or young adults driving by slowly or attempting to interact with children, get the licence number and call police. But that’s not going to happen if they see you with a cell phone in your hand. Note that there are some parents who follow their kids in a vehicle (but you already knew that).
PLEASE be a nice person and check on elderly folks in the neighborhood to make sure they are OK.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!!!
Tips from the New York State Police:
Do not allow a child to go “Trick or Treating” alone. Be sure older children TAKE A FRIEND and an ADULT accompanies young children.
Be certain to accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.
Be certain that parents are familiar with every house and all people from which the children receive treats.
Children should be cautioned that they should NOT enter any home without prior permission from their parents.
Children should be cautioned not to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
Make sure that all children carry a glow stick or wear reflective clothing.
When using facial masks, make sure that children can see and breathe properly and easily.
All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
Children should be warned to NEVER approach any house that is not well lit and does not have a porch or “outside” light on.
Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents and/or the proper official.
Children should be cautioned to run away from people who try to trick them with special treats.
Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or is not wrapped.
A good alternative to “Trick or Treating” is for parents to organize parties at home, in schools, or in community centers.