TOPEKA – (October 26, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today reminded parents to keep kids safe when trick-or-treating by taking time to plan before their Halloween outings.
“Halloween can be a fun night for kids and adults, but it can also be a night when those who wish to harm children take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere,” Schmidt said. “It’s important that parents take time to plan and make good decisions so the kids can enjoy a night of fun.”
Schmidt offered the following tips for parents to keep their kids safe:
- 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.
For more information on keeping kids safe, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.