October has arrived, which means Halloween is in sight. Many kids have probably been planning their costumes for months and can’t wait for trick-or-treating night to arrive.
Planning ahead is an important part of Halloween. Not just the costumes and decorations, but also planning ahead to stay safe. While Halloween can be a fun time for both kids and adults, there are some people out there who look to take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to do harm.
Here are some tips to consider:
- Plan your trick-or treating route only in neighborhoods you know well and visit only houses that are well-lit.
- Always have a parent or other responsible adult accompanying young children.
- Check the Kansas offender registry at www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps showing registered sex, drug and violent offenders along your planned route.
- Always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Choose costumes that are brightly colored or reflective so they are visible in the dark. Make sure they fit properly to avoid trips and falls. Avoid masks that restrict eyesight.
- Check all treats before allowing children to eat them. Make sure candy is still in its original packaging and has not been tampered with.
Following these tips can help keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone.