By Jay McCallister
Halloween is a great time of year. The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness to the air, and porches are full of pumpkins and ghostly decorations. It’s time to go trick-or-treat.
We want everyone to be safe. Be sure your kids are following some basic safety guidelines:
• Children of all ages should be accompanied by an adult.
• Travel in groups and in your own neighborhood.
• Only visit houses where the porch lights are on.
• Cross only at corners and remove your mask when crossing the street.
• Never go into a stranger’s home, even if you’re invited inside for a treat.
• Wait until you’re home to check and eat your candy.
• Throw away any candy not factory sealed.
• Notify the police if you find suspicious treats.
• Parents should examine all pieces of candy before they allow children to eat them.
Adults should keep an eye on the neighborhood, while they pass out candy. Put on your scariest costume, turn on your porch light and keep an eye out for mischief.
Don’t hesitate to speak up if you observe children bullying or suspicious adults. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies or 645-4545 for non-emergencies. Lock your back door while sitting out front.
If we work together and obey common sense, we’ll have a safe and fun Halloween.