Halloween Safety Tips from the Longview Police Department
Throughout the Longview community, residents are planning activities to celebrate Halloween this weekend and on Monday. The City of Longview does not designate a particular date for residents to trick-or-treat. Traditionally, most door-to-door trick-or-treating occurs on Halloween night in Longview.
The City of Longview and the Longview Police Department provide some suggestions to make the festivities safer for all involved:
• Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Tell children to never enter a stranger's home and don't allow them to eat any of the treats they've collected until they get home.
• Inspect your children's candy and throw away any candy that is unwrapped, partially opened or appears tampered with.
• Make sure costumes are well fitting to avoid falls and that they don't cover a child's face in a way that would impair their ability to see.
• Have each child carry a flashlight or glow stick and attach reflective strips to dark clothing to make your child more visible in the dark.
• Be cautious when traveling and follow all regular traffic laws. For pedestrians, look both ways before crossing any street and be aware of your surroundings.
• Report any suspicious activity to the police.
• Consider an alternative: Instead of trick-or-treating, go to alternative celebrations held at churches, schools, shopping centers or other community organizations. Children can wear their costumes, collect treats and enjoy games and contests without the risks associated with trick-or treating.
• For homes distributing treats, remember to turn on your porch light if you wish to welcome trick-or-treaters.
• As always, please don't drink and drive.