Trick or Treating? The Mountlake Terrace Community Policing Advisory Board Encourages You to Be Safe and Have Fun!
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on sweets.
- Test any makeup on a small area first and make sure it is non-toxic
- Help drivers see you. Fasten reflective tape on clothing and bags.
- Take a flashlight with fresh batteries to help you see and others see you.
- Any swords, knives or other costume accessories should be soft, flexible and not sharp.
- Wear bright, reflective, flame resistant costumes and keep it short to avoid tripping.
Out and About:
- Use a flashlight at all times
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
- For your older children going alone or with friends, plan and review an acceptable route. Agree on a time when they should return home.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the yard’s edge facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Look both ways when crossing. Only cross the street as a group and use established crosswalks where possible. Never cross between parked cars.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Drivers can have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. Enter homes only with a trusted adult.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication and be sure the older kids know how and when to dial 911.
- The local police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell “This person is not my father/mother/guardian”; and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting.
- Unless you know for sure the food item is safe, wait to eat anything until it is inspected after you get home.
After you return:
- Inspect all food and candy and throw away any unwrapped or suspicious
- items, especially those that may be a choking hazard.
- Try rationing the treats in the days following.
- Remove any makeup before bedtime.
Halloween Fun at Home
- Adults should carve pumpkins but children can draw a face with markers so adults can do the cutting.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended. Use votive candles in metal cups.
- To prepare for visiting trick-or-treaters, remove anything and everything from your porch and yard that people could trip over, such as garden hoses, bikes, toys, and lawn decorations. Sweep up the dead leaves.
- Check to make sure your outdoor lights are properly working.
Halloween Pet Safety
- No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.
- Restrain pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept away from the front door during trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
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