Trick or Treat: Halloween Safety Guidelines

Some communities and church congregations will be dressing up the day before, but either day you celebrate, police want everyone to be safe. All over the country, little ghosts and goblins might be getting a "trick" if they're planning to knock on doors Oct. 31, which is a Sunday this year.

Some communities will celebrate Halloween Saturday Oct. 30, instead of the day after, Carrabelle, Florida being one of them, but not Tallahassee.

"Halloween will be celebrated Oct. 31 this year, even though it’s on a Sunday. It’s about the kids, so if they're having fun, that's what's important,” explains John Newland of the Tallahassee Police Department.

To make sure you and your family get the treat and not a bad trick the police have some safety advice.

"Make sure the costume fits the child. Use make up instead if you can, that would really help us,” Newland says.

"Get something that the kid can breathe in and can say your name in case they have to call for mommy or daddy, you can hear them,” advises Bradley Martin of the Magic and Fun Costume Shop.

No matter how badly your super hero or princess wants to tear into the candy, the best policy is to wait until you get back home.

“We recommend you inspect all the bags to make sure they haven't been opened,” Newland adds.

No matter what the day, safety should be the first consideration for parents and trick-or- treaters. Communities making the decision to celebrate Halloween Saturday site church conflicts and the fact that Sunday is a school night as the reasons.


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