Wednesday, October 31, 2007
As Westporters mark Halloween today, the Public Safety Division of the Westport Police Department offered a number of suggestions to make trick or treating safer for children and parents.
Motorists are urged to drive with extra care as ghosts and goblins will be walking streets and neighborhoods late today and into the evening.
The Westport Police Department will have extra evening patrols that will concentrate on increasing motorists’ awareness to slow down and watch for children along the roadways, as well as deterring acts of vandalism.
Parents or other responsible adults should accompany all elementary school-age children in their travels, the department said.
Younger children should complete their rounds by 6:30 p.m., older ones by 8:30 p.m. Costumes should be easily visible and marked with reflector tape, and/or flashlights should be carried.
Use makeup, face paint, or charcoal instead of masks to allow clearer vision. Never use candles to illuminate pumpkins. Flashlights or glow sticks will be much safer.
Travel in small groups to increase safety. Encourage children to stay in their own neighborhoods where they are known. Children should only go to the houses where outside lights are on. A darkened house is not prepared to receive them (possibly the occupants are elderly or ill).
Use sidewalks whenever possible. Walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if sidewalks are not available. Travel only in well lit areas.
Children should not eat any treats until they return home and parents can inspect the treats Unfortunately, “doctored” treats are still a fact of life.
Anyone receiving treats suspected of having been tampered with should call the Westport Police Department (341-6000) or their local police department immediately.
The Police Department wants the children to enjoy Halloween with good, clean fun, but warns that vandalism and acts of mischief which threaten safety or result in property damage will not be tolerated.
Posted 10/31/07 at 04:32 AM Permalink