Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Safety
The Mercer Island Fire and Police Departments want to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween this year.
No matter what age you are, here are a few easy tips to help keep you and/or your little Trick-or-Treaters safe:
- Donít ever go into a strangerís house. Always have a parent or responsible adult with you when going to a strangerís door.
- Always look both ways before crossing a street. If you are going to be walking around dark streets and in neighborhoods at night, wear reflective tape somewhere on your costume so passing cars and bicycles can see you (especially if you are wearing a dark-colored costume).
- Donít trick or treat in neighborhoods alone. Make sure you are accompanied by a responsible parent or adult. For your safety, make sure someone in your group carries a flashlight, a cell phone, and know all of the people you are Trick-or-Treating with in case you get lost.
- Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Donít eat candy/food that is homemade unless you know, and trust, the person who gave it to you. If you choose to eat homemade food, ask and have your parents inspect the food before you eat it.
- Always tell someone/parents when and what areas you will be Trick-or-Treating in before you go out.
- Vandalism and animal cruelty are always wrong. Some people use this holiday to commit crimes against property and animals. Do not partake in any act that can hurt someone, an animal, or something that does not belong to you.
- Part of the fun of Halloween is going to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, and making Jack-o-Lanterns. Always make sure that sharp knives are handled by a responsible adult. Also, when placing a candle or any flammable item inside the pumpkin, keep it away from items that can catch fire.
- If you are having a Halloween party this year, be courteous and responsible. Be aware that the noise level may disturb your neighbors and may result in the police department visiting your house. After 10:00 pm, the City of Mercer Island does have an enforceable noise ordinance that is in effect. Also, and more important, if you serve alcohol at your party, donít let people drink and drive. Make sure everyone has a safe ride home.
Here's some more information on a safe Halloween.