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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department

Halloween Safety

October is a month packed full of special events, dates of national recognition, the birthday of our great state as well as a favorite amongst kids, Halloween. Historians believe Halloween was first observed during the 16th century; although, I doubt they shared the concern of children’s safety that we have today.

Here are a few pointers to consider as we approach Halloween:

Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult

Consider your route ahead of time – ensure it is safe and you know where you will be going

Be cautious of shortcuts through yards and alleys

Never enter the home of someone you do not know

Never enter a vehicle of someone you do not know

If you trick or treat after dark, carry a good flashlight and wear reflective clothing if available

Do not eat any treats until you get home

If you plan on handing out treats, here are a few pointers:

Turn on all exterior lighting

Provide treats in the original package, unopened

Remove tripping hazards from your yard and driveway

Now that you have had a great evening of trick or treating here are some treat eating pointers:

Parents, inspect all treats when you get home

Consume only unopened candies or treats in their original wrapping

Pay special attention to fruit and homemade candies

This year’s holiday lands on a school night, so it might be wise to focus the majority of the Halloween fun on the days and nights leading up to it instead. There are a number of annual events taking place in well-lit, supervised settings that promote safety and family, such as the Halloween carnival at the Boulder City Parks and Recreation gymnasium or the Trunk or Treat at Veterans Park sponsored by the Boulder City Chamber. By Monday night, kids can still participate in the longtime tradition of trick or treating door to door or they may just opt to stay home and enjoy their candy stash from the busy weekend.

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