Here's a scary statistic: On Halloween, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and seriously or fatally injured than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility due to low lighting at night is one factor in these incidents.
Keep these tips in mind when your child is out on Halloween night:
- A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
- Carry a flashlight or headlamp if you are staying out past sunset, around 7:30 p.m.
- Only visit houses with a well-lit porch. If the porch light is off, skip that house.
- Agree on a specific time children should return home.
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends. Safety in numbers.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home, and take care to avoid any food allergies.
- Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk—don't run—across the street.
We hope everyone enjoys a great, safe Halloween. Let’s see who can find an Allen Police Officer and get them to take a picture! Share the photo and tag us on Facebook at @AllenPolice.