EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) seeks to ensure the safety of families during the upcoming Halloween celebration in the community.
On Sunday, October 31, 2021, many young children will be on the streets of the city asking for sweets. Because of this, EPPD disclosed that some of the risk factors for children during Halloween are the combination of dark costumes, dark streets, and motorists.
The following tips can help ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone:
- Parents must accompany their children at all times. Don’t leave your children unattended or unsupervised, especially younger children.
- It is recommended to wear costumes that are visible in the dark. Use reflective material or tape on darker costumes to ensure visibility.
- Bring some kind of light, preferably a flashlight.
- Check your children’s candy. Beware of candy that appears to have been tampered with, and beware of homemade or unpackaged candy.
- Watch for traffic. Don’t let your kids run in and out of the street, keep them on the sidewalks.
- If you are driving, watch out for children rushing into traffic. Slow down, especially in residential areas. Drive with extreme caution as some costumes can be difficult to see.
- Respect those who do not want to participate in Halloween. If the porch light is off or there are no Halloween decorations, those homes or locations are likely not handing out candy.
- Visit only houses you know. Have the children stay within the neighborhood.
In addition, there are many community programs and businesses that will host various Halloween activities for children and families that can be a safer alternative to the traditional “trick or treating”.