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October 17, 2013

Let's keep holiday safe

Kokomo police soon will announce trick-or-treat times for our littlest celebrants. But before the kids hit up the neighbors for candy in a few weeks, parents might want to begin talking about holiday safety with their young ladybug or pirate.

• Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside the house.

• Visit only houses with the lights on.

• Don’t cut through alleys and fields. Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

• Look both ways before you cross the street — and then cross only at the corners or in a crosswalk.

Logansport got a real-life reminder of the danger that goes along with the fun when two children ran in front of a pickup truck on the first night of trick-or-treating there six years ago. One of the youngsters wound up in a Fort Wayne hospital, and what had been an evening of fun turned into a nightmare for one family.

If you’re planning to pick out Halloween costumes for the kids this weekend, make sure they’re light in color — or purchase reflective tape to put on the outfits.

Also ensure every child’s costume is short enough that it doesn’t become a tripping hazard, and try face makeup instead of a mask this year. A mask can obstruct a child’s vision, which can make crossing the street and going up and down stairs a bit dangerous.

Don’t let the kids go out alone. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult, and older children should stay with friends.

Map out a safe route so you’ll know where your kids will be. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well-lit streets.

Children should eat no treats until they get home and their parents have had a chance to check the treats in a well-lit place.

Police will be out in force during trick-or-treat hours in an effort to make sure that a fun evening stays fun. Officers will be on the lookout for anyone who is up to any Halloween tricks.

If you’re out driving, slow down a bit and keep your eyes open for ghosts and goblins. Let’s make it a safe and happy holiday.

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