Tips to make Halloween safer for all

On Oct. 31 many will celebrate Halloween by attending parties, social events and trick or treating. The Prescott Valley Police Department wants to remind citizens to be safe and make good decisions.

First, adults attending parties should have a designated driver if they intend to drink.

For those who choose to trick-or-treat, here is a list of tips provided by PVPD and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

• Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

• PLAN a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated, or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.

• NEVER send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children should always travel in groups.

• ALWAYS walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.

• BE SURE children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

• DISCUSS basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.

• MAKE sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated. Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.

• TEACH children to say “NO!” or “this is not my mother/father” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. And teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.

• REMIND children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.

Here are some things to consider when considering costumes and supplies for a trick-or-treat outing:

• The costume should allow the child or adult good visibility. The costume should be highly visible at night

• Check the flammability of the costume before purchase or the material that you plan to make the costume with. Be careful with children and their costume around fire or other heat sources.

• Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop; ensure that it is not real. If props are necessary make sure the items such as a sword, knife or a pitchfork, have smooth tips and are flexible enough to not cause injury. Do not allow children to carry real weapons.