Trick or treat safety tips from the police department

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Just in time for trick or treating, the Kansas City Police Department has sent us some Halloween safety tips. There are some good ideas in here.

  • Check your children’s candy before they eat it. Send them out with “safe” starter candy.
  • Remind children never to enter anyone’s home or car.
  • Have all children trick or treat in groups.
  • Set a time for trick or treaters to be home and remind them to call 911 if there is unlawful or suspicious activity.
  • Tie small glow sticks or use reflective tape on your child’s costume so they are easily seen in the dark.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street.
  • Children should obey all traffic signals and look before crossing the street. Never cross between parked cars, in the middle of a block or diagonally through intersections.
  • Have adults walk the neighborhood to discourage malicious mischief and keep children safe.
  • Remind children to stay in populated places and not use back alleys or fields.
  • Avoid replica toy guns. They may be mistaken for the real thing.
  • Do not leave your home unattended. Keep pets inside.
  • Use Jack-o-lanterns or high-density glow sticks to light porch steps.
  • Only give out commercially wrapped treats.
  • Have an old-fashioned neighborhood Halloween block party to get to know neighbors.
  • Make sure young children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door.

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