Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids but a worrisome one for parents. Here are some tips to make this 2022 Halloween a great night for everyone.
- Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
- Take a few minutes to be visible in your neighborhood to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief, and crimes against children.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to Law Enforcement immediately. In Wagoner County call 911 or 918-485-3124.
- Do not give unwrapped treats to children.
Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
Make sure your kids dress up safely
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant, so children aren't in danger near burning candles in decorative pumpkins.
- 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 they can obstruct vision, a dangerous thing when children are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
- Make trick-or-treating trouble-free
- Create a map of a safe trick-or-treating route and set a time limit for your children to "trick-or-treat".
- Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a possible target for any criminal acts. Parents should accompany young children.
- Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route, so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
- Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still daylight out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight, add reflective tape to costumes and bags, and pick well-lighted streets.
- Do not go inside anyone's home. Remain on the porch at all times.
- Do not accept rides from strangers, and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or unoccupied.
- Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
- Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
- Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
- Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
- Do not eat any treats until your parents have inspected them.
- Discard any unwrapped treats.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
- Consider a less lethal option, such as pepper spray for aggressive animals. There are no leash laws in the county jurisdiction areas of Wagoner County.
Check all treats before eating
- It's hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
- Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
- Only unopened candies and other treats are in their original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
- Remind kids not to eat all that candy at once!