Halloween Safety Tips: Indiana State Police Offers Guidance

On Halloween the Indiana State Police Pendleton District is sharing safety tips to ensure a secure and enjoyable holiday for parents and children. The guidelines cover costume choices, trick-or-treating practices, treat inspection, and motorist precautions.

Halloween, known for little dinosaurs, superheroes, and Disney characters roaming neighborhoods, can be a thrilling time for children, but it brings its own set of challenges for parents. To promote a safe and enjoyable Halloween experience, the Indiana State Police Pendleton District has issued the following recommendations:

Costume Safety

  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls, especially for young children.
  • Prefer makeup over masks, as masks can obstruct a child’s vision, making activities like crossing streets and navigating stairs hazardous.
  • Ensure children wear light-colored costumes, avoiding black to enhance visibility.

Trick or Treating Guidelines

  • Accompany young children with an adult during neighborhood rounds.
  • For older children, encourage trick-or-treating with friends and plan a safe route for transparency with parents.
  • Emphasize the importance of never entering a stranger’s home or vehicle.
  • Encourage trick-or-treating while it’s still light out; if children go out after dark, equip them with flashlights, glow sticks, and choose well-lit streets.
  • Adhere to community-established trick-or-treating hours.

Treat Safety

  • Instruct children not to consume treats until they return home.
  • Examine all treats in a well-lit area.
  • Consume only unopened candies and treats in their original packaging, and inspect fruits for any suspicious items.

Motorist Precautions

  • Remain vigilant for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs.
  • Exercise caution when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
  • During twilight and late evening hours, be on the lookout for children wearing dark clothing.
  • Discourage new and inexperienced drivers from taking to the road on Halloween.

In addition to these recommendations, many communities, schools, and churches offer safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating, designed to keep children within the view of their parents. Some hospitals and schools permit children to go room-to-room, eliminating the dangers associated with walking on the streets after dark.

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