Keep little ghouls, goblins safe on Halloween night

October 23, 2012

By Staff

City officials reminded Issaquah residents and motorists to remain on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Most neighborhoods turn into haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treating children on Halloween night, and safety is a paramount concern for parents and police.

Motorists need to be extra careful to watch for children dressed in costumes. Many costumes can be difficult to see at night, or include visibility-limiting masks. Young trick-or-treaters — in the excitement of the evening — may also forget the rules of road.

Halloween safety essentials

Children heading out to trick-or-treat alone on Halloween should carry some essential items to stay safe on the hunt for candy.

Seattle Children’s recommends for trick-or-treaters to carry a cellphone and flashlight with new batteries.

Parents should also consider putting a name tag — with their phone number — on children’s costumes.

Issaquah Police Department officials offer safety tips for motorists on Halloween night:

  • Watch your speed and stay below the posted limit.
  • Avoid distractions, including cellphones and music players.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Watch for children, and pay attention to what is happening on sidewalks and the roadway.
  • Be extra careful when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Do not assume that children can see you or are paying attention. Motorists need to take responsibility.
  • Be cautious around vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. Do not pass; they could be dropping off children.

The initial key to trick-or-treat safety is a sturdy and easy-to-spot costume.

Parents should dress trick-or-treaters in costumes that fit well and have reflective tape on them, and avoid masks that distort or impede vision. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight or glow sticks, and remind children to look both ways and cross only at corners or crosswalks.

Seattle Children’s recommends adults accompany children younger than 10 on trick-or-treat rounds. Parents should approve a route for older children heading out on their own and know when trick-or-treaters plan to return home.

Police and Seattle Children’s said parents should check all treats to make sure candy is safely sealed and does not show any signs of tampering, such as small pinholes, loose or torn packages, and packages that appear to have been taped or glued back together.

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