Jana Tidwell with AAA mid-Atlantic says the statistics are down right scary.
In the past few years, more families in MI and across the nation have opted to hand out non-food treats at Halloween, such as small toys and games, which Sawyer said also makes the holiday more inclusive for kids with food allergies.
Many others expressed concerns regarding teenagers’ motivation to trick or treat, noting that once they hit their teen years, kids might be more interested in asking for money rather than candy from strangers.
Ayanna Williams with PennDOT says there are some simple things all kids can do to stay safe. This is a safe, early Trick-or-Treat experience for kids and parents in our community and a great way to thank those businesses that remain open during the winter months in Seward. Drive slowly and be alert as you drive through neighborhoods where children could be.
Costumes should fit children correctly and not drag the ground, as this could create a tripping hazard. Agree on a specific meeting time and destination for older children that may be trick-or-treating alone. Having a snack or meal before going out to trick-or-treat can help.
Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan will be passing out treat bags at the Hamblen County Justice Center Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. until all bags have been given out.
When possible, use sidewalks.
Use costumes that are flame retardant, reflective or have bright colors.
– Only dogs with good leash manners should be taken along with trick-or-treaters. Remind children not to eat all their candy at once or it can make them sick.
Call police if any suspicious activity occurs, or if candy is suspected to be tainted.
Starting at dusk, Morristown Fire Department Station 1 on West Louise Avenue will be handing out candy until it runs out, usually ending around 8 p.m. Troopers also ask that motorists drive with headlights on, even during daylight and dusk hours, so that other vehicles and pedestrians can see the vehicle from farther distances.
Only approach well-lit homes where porch or exterior lights are on. “If you know of a sex offender participating in Halloween events, leave that area and contact law enforcement as soon as possible”.
Parents can also check the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, which includes a mapping function to see if offenders are living in a neighborhood.