Parents and children are urged to be cautious this Halloween, as there are dangers associated with going door-to-door while trick-or-treating.
Monday, Oct. 31, is Halloween and there are several local options for children and their families. For a safer option than going door-to-door, a trick-or-treating event is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. in downtown Elizabethton. There are also several local churches that will be holding trunk or treat events. And of course, traditional trick-or-treating is expected on Halloween evening throughout the city and county.
Major Rusty Verran of the Elizabethton Police Department has provided a few tips and ideas to parents and their children regarding the Halloween holiday, which can potentially be dangerous.
* Children should not go trick-or-treating alone. Stay in a group or with a trusted adult.
* Carrying a flashlight or other light emitting device will allow the children to see more clearly and make them more visible to motorists.
* Utilizing reflective tape on costumes and bags will make the children more visible to motorists.
* Look both ways before crossing roadways.
* Utilize crosswalks if they are available.
* Walk on the sidewalks if they are available, or on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
* Parents should check costumes to make sure that their children’s ability to see clearly will not be affected by the costume.
* Parents should check the fit of their children’s costumes to decrease the possibility of trips or falls.
* Wear flame resistant costumes and be sure to stay away from candles or luminaries.
* Children should only enter homes if they are with a trusted adult.
* Have an adult examine all treats before allowing children to eat them.
* Eat only treats that are factory wrapped. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you personally know who prepared the item.