By Police Chief Dwojakowski
Trick or treating should be one of the greatest adventures for kids! Imagination, creative ideas and costumes will be everywhere in the upcoming weeks as we prepare for Halloween in the city. Unfortunately, some of the best parts of Halloween – from carving the pumpkin to going door to door can be the most dangerous. The Sterling Heights Police Department would like to share with you some safety tips to ensure your trick or treating experience is a good one.
Safety Tips for Trick or Treating:
- Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Utilize cell phones for communication and know the group they are trick or treating with.
- Let your child know not to cut through back alleys and yards. Make sure they know to stay in populated, well-lit areas.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats until they get home and parents can examine them for any tampering. Refrain from taking any homemade items or unwrapped candy.
- Instruct children to never enter a home of a stranger or get into their car.
- Carry flashlights, glow sticks or have reflective tape on their costumes.
- Always travel in groups.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure it’s clear when crossing the street.
- While driving to and from trick or treat locations, pay close attention to pedestrians and proceed with additional caution while utilizing any type motor vehicles (golf carts, mopeds, etc.)
Safety Tips for Costumes:
- If possible, use face paint instead of using a mask. Masks can cause overheating and can impair vision.
- Avoid costumes that are baggy to eliminate getting tripped up or caught on something.
- Stay away from hard plastic props such as swords or wands.
- Look for “Flame Resistant” labels on all costumes, masks, beards, etc.
- Incorporate bright colors or reflective materials in your costumes to create greater visibility.
- Wear good shoes that fit properly.
- Secure hats and accessories to the costume so they don’t blow away or impair the child's ability to see.
- Dress for the weather, in Michigan we all know how fast it can change!
The Sterling Heights Police Department hopes each and every one of you has a safe and Happy Halloween!