Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Officials offer tips for safe Halloween

Burke County Sheriff's Office and Safe Kids NC offer the following tips for those planning to participate in Halloween festivities.

Halloween is an exciting day for children to be able to dress up as their favorite characters, get free candy and stay up past bedtime, but it can often be a stressful time for parents.

Halifax Regional Police said in a media release that Halloween night is the best night of the year for many kids and they want to help keep it that way. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.

- Face paint should be nontoxic and tested for allergies before fully applied.

"As always brightly colored costumes, the glow sticks work great too, if they're going to have a darker costume, costumes that don't obscure their view, so they don't walk out into traffic so they can see", says Lt. Brian Swafford of the Fruitland Police Dept.

" Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don't dart out into the street or cross between parked cars".

Children over the age of 12 responsible enough to go without parents should stay in groups and follow an agreed upon route.

" Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street".

The Illinois State Police is offering Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters and motorists.

"Parents can go to our website and conduct a search to see where sex offenders reside in their neighborhood or the area where the children will be trick-or-treating", said Sheriff Whittington.

" Be alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs".

If you're wondering about sex offenders, the same law that requires them to register also prohibits them from handing out candy to kids or being near them.

Flashlights are also encouraged and for the young kiddos, they should never be alone.

Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 for emergencies.

There are many downtown businesses in Seward participating in this year's "Downtown Trick-or-Treating".

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