It’s that time of year again. Almost time for all the little witches,
ghosts and goblins to go out in search of treats. Halloween is an
exciting time for children of all ages, but we want to make sure they
understand how to keep themselves safe, whether they are with their
parents or out with friends.
- Make sure your child’s costume is bright and reflective since it
will become dark outside during the course of their trick or treating.
If it’s not, consider putting reflective tape or stripping on their
costumes. Make sure their shoes fit well and their costumes are short
enough that they don’t find themselves tripping.
- Put your child’s name, address and phone number somewhere on them,
especially for little ones, in case they get separated from you.
- Review with your child “Stop-Drop-Roll” in case their costume
does come in contact with fire.
When trick-or-treating, remind your child(ren):
By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a
porch light on.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway
Never cut across yards or use alleys.
Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
Always walk. Never run across a street.
Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a
street, driveway or alley.
Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing
Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others
Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be
No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult
Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any
suspicious or unlawful activity.
Please be safe and have a Happy Halloween from the Takoma Park Police
Catherine E. Plevy
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Office of the Chief of Police
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
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