October 26, 2013

Halloween reminders from the Oskaloosa Police Department

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Halloween in Oskaloosa is Thursday October 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Halloween may be a fun time for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat can be a little troublesome.

Concerns about childrens’ safety can cast a spell on the evening’s festivities. But, not to worry. Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a “howling” good time for all.

“Unhaunting” your house and neighborhood:

• Welcome trick-or-treaters by turning on exterior lights.

• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.

• Drive slowly all evening – you never know what creatures may suddenly cross your path.

• Look out your door before opening your door. If you see someone or a group of Halloween revelers that you don’t feel comfortable opening the door for— don’t.

• Provide only prepackaged food items.

• Keep all lit candles in a safe position that will prevent them from coming in contact with costumes or candy-filled pillow case.

• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

Avoid “bumps” in the night:

• Check that all costumes are flame retardant so that the little ones are not in danger near candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.

• Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes and keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.

• Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision — a dangerous thing when kids are crossing the streets and going up and down steps.

• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.

• Carry a flashlight or some type of light.

• Carry a cell phone so parents can be contacted.

• Make sure older kids go out with friends and an adult should accompany younger kids.

• Set a time limit for kids to trick-or-treat. Obey designated trick-or-treat hours of 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

• Together, map out a safe route so you know where they will be.

• Remind them not to take short cuts through backyards and alleys.

• Remind them to cross streets only at intersections.

• Instruct kids to never enter a stranger’s house or car.

• Inspect all candy and discard any that are questionable.

• By all means, remind your kids not to eat everything at once or they will be feeling pretty “ghoulish” for a while.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lt. Craig Alexander at 673-3201 or 672-2557.