Safety for Halloween

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s time to break out the candy bowls again because trick-or-treating is here. But before you head out the door, we have important information on how to keep you and your family safe.

Meet Mia, or otherwise known as the wicked witch. She along with thousands of kids in the Wabash Valley will hit the streets tonight for Halloween.

“Are we going to get some candy tonight?” said Mia’s father, Brad Moore.

Her dad says with all the excitement of trick or treating, he makes sure her safety comes first.

“We usually only go to places we’re familiar with or the people or organization,” said Moore. “I never ever, especially her being this young, let her out of my sight.”

“Just keep in mind this is supposed to be a fun holiday,” said Terre Haute Police Department PIO, Ryan Adamson. “But more importantly it won’t be fun if it’s not safe. So it needs to be safe. And the falls on the responsibility of the people driving and of parents when they take their kids trick or treating.”

Officials say parents should go with their kids and watch what they’re doing. They say parents and their kids should make sure to travel in groups. Police say don’t assume drivers will stop for trick-or-treaters even though walkers have the right of way.

“We will have extra men and women driving around especially in residential areas just looking out for trick-or-treaters and try and make it safer for everyone involved,” said Adamson.

The city recommends people keep their porch lights on if they’re giving out candy. So kids like Mia know which houses to stop by.

Mia spins with excitement thinking about all the candy she’ll get tonight.

When she knocks on the door, she knows just what to say.

“Trick or treat,” said Mia.

Below is a full list of safety tips provided by Terre Haute Police Department:

  • Slow down especially in residential areas
  • Cross the street on street corners
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • Though pedestrians have the right of way, always teach children to watch cars and never to assume vehicles are going to stop
  • Keep porch lights on if giving out candy
  • Do not invite children inside the house
  • Check the candy before allowing children to eat it
  • Stay off electric devices to help pay attention
  • Always use sidewalks
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape if possible
  • Use glow sticks or flashlights
  • Make sure costumes fit to prevents trips or falls

Trick-or-treat hours for Terre Haute will be 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on October 30 and October 31.