Monday, October 24, 2011 8:38:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Halloween for many is a fun time of the year for children and adults. The holiday of festive activities is also known for the traditional "Trick-or-Treating" from house to house in search of the delicious pieces of candy and praise for the best dress costume. The Sumter Police Department is asking that all "Trick-or-Treating" on Monday, October 31, 2011 take place between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Safety is a primary concern for all, and the City of Sumter officials encourage all parents to support the various school or church planned events also made available as safe alternatives to "Trick-or-Treating". Due to the downtown revitalization construction underway and new construction to start and continue into first quarter,the 2011 Halloween on Main event has been cancelled.
Though there are Halloween events planned all over the city, many children will still trick-or-treat this October 31st. If your child is going to engage in this traditional Halloween activity, here are some safety tips they should keep in mind.
Costumes and Dress Up
- Costumes are always fun but should be at a length that children cannot trip over them. Try to have costumes above the ankle or shorter.
- When decorating your face, makeup is always a fun alternative. Halloween masks can make it difficult to see through the eyeholes or provide sufficient air flow through the nose and mouth holes.
- Wear bright colored costumes and decorate with bright colored or reflective tape, markers and paints easily seen in the dark.
- Avoid sharp objects with your costume when possible to make sure you and your fellow Trick-or-Treaters are safe.
Tips for Door to Door
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
For More Information & Contacts Call: Susan Wild, Communications Director (803) 436-2500 or (803) 436-2640 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Address: www.sumtersc.gov