Summer is over and Halloween is here! The Tulalip Police department wants everyone to enjoy this spooky holiday safely. Here are some tips for families to stay safe and enjoy a night out Trick-or-Treating.
Going door to door to stranger’s houses, crossing streets at night, and accepting food from people you don’t know are all things that parents generally hope their children avoid doing. The major exception to this is Trick-or-Treating.
Parents and Guardians can mitigate these risks by accompanying their children as they go door to door.
Limit what candy children eat as they Trick-or-Treat so that you can inspect it prior to it being eaten.
Avoid homemade treats unless you are comfortable with the source.
As children walk around at night they can increase their visibility with glow sticks, flashlights or reflective material. Be sure to follow all pedestrian signs.
Costumes that depict realistic weapons should be avoided in public as they can scare people and generate false police calls.
Encourage children to stay in groups and to have frequent contact with their Parent or Guardians.
If the house does not have decorations or at the very least porch lights it is likely that the residence is not participating in the festivities and should be avoided.
Jack-O-Lanterns may also present fire danger if they are left unsupervised. There are electronic illumination alternatives to keep your pumpkin shining bright.
Halloween Night is famous for mischief and pumpkin smashing. It may be necessary to take pumpkins or other decorations inside to avoid tempting vandals.
The Tulalip Police Department wishes you a fun and safe Halloween!