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Have A Safe Halloween!

Have A Safe Halloween!

Halloween can be fun for everyone, with parties, costumes, decorations, and treats. The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges everyone to keep safety in mind as they celebrate this holiday. If you plan to be out a-haunting on Halloween, remember to pay special attention to trick-or-treating children, treats, and motorists. Here are some tips to make this Halloween a safe one:

TRICK-OR-TREATERS: Keep costumes short to prevent tripping and consider make-up rather than masks. Masks can make it difficult for children to see oncoming traffic. Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to dark costumes to make them visible. Flame resistant costumes are the best ones.

Trick-or-treaters are urged to do so while it is light outside. If you go
out later, take a flashlight with you. An adult should always accompany small children, and older children should stay in groups. Tell your child to approach familiar houses that are well lighted. Remind them they should never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle!

TREATS: When handing out treats at home, make sure the goodies are well wrapped. Consider handing out pencils, pens, erasers, small party favors, etc. instead of candy. Be sure to remind your own trick-or-treaters to wait until they return home to sample treats. That way, an adult will be able to check treats for evidence of tampering.

DRIVERS: Stay alert! Young children excited by Halloween could dart in front of your car. So, slow down and drive with extra caution.

ADULTS: Consider spending Halloween at home answering the front door. If you do attend a Halloween party that includes alcohol, make sure you have a sober, designated driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. Drinking alcohol could have a sad and possibly deadly result.

Halloween is a time for “scary fun”. Parents, take the time to
trick-or-treat with your children for their safety and your enjoyment.
Afterward, you might be able to talk them out of a treat! The Missouri State Highway Patrol wishes all a safe, happy Halloween!