Dig Into These Safety Treats This Halloween and Don’t Get Tricked by Alina Lopez 

For those of us who celebrate Halloween, it is a night of fun and fright, but make sure to keep safety in mind for your little monsters. One of the main events of this celebration is Trick or Treating. The traditional door to door trick or treating in neighborhoods has, in some areas, been replaced from the block to the malls, shopping centers, or local attractions, yet some neighborhoods still have frightful visitors coming to their doors to collect their treats. Don’t let young ones go out alone as it’s not only safer, but more fun to go in groups. Get together with other parents and kids to make an event out of it. Consider organizing a Halloween block party in which neighbors can set up tables and provide candy or goodies as the children come through. Be sure stay on the sidewalks and shepherd them carefully around the streets and sidewalks. When there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Bring flashlights, glow sticks, or other reflective devices so that you’re easily spotted in the dark by motorists. When selecting costumes, opt for brightly colored outfits that are well fitting. Prevent tripping by making sure costumes aren’t too big or too long. Avoid masks that block vision, but if they must wear one, it should have large eye, nose, and mouth openings.  

Just like we were young and our parents had to check our candy, carefully check the candy your children receive. You want to inspect for choking hazards and throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper.  

For adults, there are safety tips to observe as well. If you’re driving, use extra caution and watch for kids running around in the neighborhood. Speeding is always a big no, especially in residential zones, but drive slower than usual and don’t drive distracted.  

Some other crime prevention tips this Halloween season will aid in keeping your property safe. 

  • Illuminate the area around your home to make it safe and inviting for trick or treaters. 
  • Remember to lock car doors to prevent any potential car burglars from gaining easy access to the inside of your vehicle. 
  • If you’re going to be out during Halloween, make it seem like the home is still occupied by leaving a light or two on and have a tv or radio playing. 

Follow these safety tips to guarantee a howling good time for all! 

Until next time, be aware, make good choices, and be safe! 

To contact our office, call 305-470-1670 or visit our website www.citizenscrimewatch.org 

Written by: Alina Lopez

Citizen’s Crime Watch of Miami-Dade

Citizens’ Crime Watch is a nonprofit county-wide crime prevention program funded by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, grants and donations.