Neighborhoods will be swarming with children tonight as they perform the annual ritual of trick or treating. Kids, parents, residents and motorists are encouraged to follow some Halloween safety tips.
It’s a school night, so kids are expected to be out early, walking along roadways and knocking on doors. Debbie Janecek supervises the Crime Prevention Unit with the Eugene Police Department. She wants to remind drivers to look out for excited little ones who may be in costumes that obstruct hearing or vision.
“You know with kids, expect the unexpected,” Janacek says. “So if you are going at slower speeds, if a child were to run out between a parked car—they you’ll have an opportunity to stop safely.”
Children should be accompanied by an adult. For older kids who are trick or treating alone, parents should know their route and have a way to communicate. Reflector tape, glow sticks, or flash lights are a must after dusk. Homeowners should turn off porch lights if they don’t want costumed visitors. Parents are encouraged to feed dinner to kids before trick or treating and examine the haul of sweets for anything unsanitary or suspicious. And most importantly, Janacek encourages Halloween revelers to have a good, safe time!