It is that time of year again where many people both young and old put on their best costumes and head out to celebrate Halloween. To ensure that this Halloween is a day and evening of fun-filled joy, the Arlington Police Department would like to offer residents a few tips on how to celebrate safely.
Trick-or-Treaters and Parents
- Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk, see and be seen.
- An adult should always accompany smaller children. It’s best to take them out earlier in the evening.
- Carry a flashlight and make sure that some sort of reflective material or the popular glow light stick are incorporated into all costumes
- Establish ground rules with children that are too old to be accompanied by an adult. Such rules could include: what neighborhoods to go to, staying in a group, what time they must come home, and appropriate behavior while trick-or-treating. Have them bring a cell phone in case of emergencies.
- Always use sidewalks when available. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- Never dart out between parked cars. Always cross at the corners or at crosswalks.
- An outside light on at the front of the house is usually a sign that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Avoid going to houses that are not lit. Never enter any home unless it’s a family member or a friend.
- Allow an adult to inspect all treats prior to eating them. Throw out any treats that appear tampered with.
- Do not allow homemade treats to be eaten unless you are sure of the source.
- Be aware that there are many young children out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30-7 p.m. Drive Slowly!
- Be aware that young trick-or-treaters may dart out from between parked cars.
- Do not drive a vehicle while wearing any sort of mask. Your visibility could be obscured.
- Obey all traffic signals and signs.
- Have a designated driver if attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is served.
Using good judgment and common sense is the most important tip for the evening. Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!