Keeping your kids safe this Halloween

- FILE - Trick-or-Treaters out on Halloween (Image: Shutterstock)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We’ve got your back with some practical Halloween safety tips ahead of Monday’s fun.

On Monday night, neighborhoods across Connecticut will be full of trick-or-treaters. It doesn’t take much for families to get caught up in all of the festivities, and when that happens, people sometimes forget about safety.

Here are some tips to help keep your children safe when they’re out this Halloween:

  • Travel in a group, accompanied by an adult.
  • Make sure costumes do not obstruct a child’s vision
  • Make sure kids are visible to cars. Have them walk with a flashlight or glow stick, or you can put some type of reflector on their costume
  • Never go into someone’s house or car for candy
  • The Connecticut State Police recommend you check the state’s sex offender registry also and plan your route accordingly

Since Halloween happens to fall on a Monday this year, many commuters will be coming home from work as it starts to get dark. Everyone needs to be mindful of that.

News 8 spoke with Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara, who talked about what his officers typically see on Halloween night.

Generally the common things that we see in law enforcement are the ones you would expect. Kids and parents forget they are traveling through neighborhoods, they are crossing roads. We don’t shut down roads to traffic generally in these neighborhoods and they forget the rules of the road. Don’t drive distracted, put your lights on and, above all else, slow down.”

So drivers, watch for trick-or-treaters. Kids, use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible, and cross the street in well lit areas.

For adults giving out candy, make sure your lights are on, and that any sidewalks and pathways to your house are clear of any obstacles. If you don’t want any trick-or-treaters at your house, turn your lights off so there’s no confusion.

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