PLAYING IT SAFE ON HALLOWEEN
An Oskaloosa Police Department Press Release
Halloween in Oskaloosa is Thursday October 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Halloween may be a fun time for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat can be a little troublesome. Concerns about children’s safety can cast a spell on the evening’s festivities. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a “howling” good time for all.
“UNHAUNTING” YOUR HOUSE AND NEIGHBORHOOD:
- Welcome trick-or-treaters by turning on exterior lights.
- Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
- Drive slowly all evening – you never know what creatures may suddenly cross your path.
- Look out your door before opening your door. If you see someone or a group of Halloween revelers that you don’t feel comfortable opening the door for, don’t!
- Provide only prepackaged food items.
- Keep all lit candles in a safe position that will prevent them from coming in contact with costumes or candy-filled pillow case.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
AVOID “BUMPS” IN THE NIGHT:
- Check that all costumes are flame retardant so that the little ones are not in danger near candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
- Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes and keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision – a dangerous thing when kids are crossing the streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
- Carry a flashlight or some type of light.
- Carry a cell phone so parents can be contacted.
- Make sure older kids go out with friends and an adult should accompany younger kids,
- Set a time limit for kids to trick-or-treat. Obey designated trick-or-treat hours of 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
- Together, map out a safe route so you know where they will be.
- Remind them not to take short cuts through backyards and alleys.
- Remind them to cross streets only at intersections.
- Instruct kids to never enter a stranger’s house or car.
- Inspect all candy and discard any that are questionable.
- By all means, remind your kids not to eat everything at once or they will be feeling pretty “ghoulish” for a while
If you have any questions, please contact the Lt. Craig Alexander at 673-3201 or 672-2557.