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(Neb)-Halloween Tips From The Chadron PD

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/31/2017 01:22 AM

CHADRON - Halloween is such a wonderful time of year and a particularly special “treat” for our youth. At the same time, it is important that we stay attentive for any potential safety hazards.

     The Chadron Police Department wishes everyone a happy, fun, and above all, safe Halloween. To ensure everyone has great memories we suggest following these tips.


  • Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.

  • Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.

  • Set a specific time for your child/children to be out and if possible a specific route.

  • Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.

  • Walk on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk along the left curb facing oncoming traffic.

  • Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes.

  • Stay in well-lighted areas.

  • Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.

  • Choose fireproof costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.

  • Dress your children in appropriate fitting costumes to avoid tripping and snagging.

  • Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.

  • Avoid allowing children to wear masks, hats, or other headgear which could restrict their vision.

  • Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.

  • Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number or 911 in case they get lost.

  • Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat.


  • Do not trick-or-treat by yourself. Stay in a group.

  • If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material.

  • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.

  • Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.

  • Walk! Do not run to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.

  • Walk in the direction facing traffic.

  • Always assume the driver does not see you.

  • Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.

  • Wait until you get home before eating any treats.


  • Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.

  • If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.

  • Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.

  • Never invite children into your home.

  • Keep pets away from children.

  • Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.

  • If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.


  • Drive slowly and cautiously.

  • Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.

  • Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.

  • Avoid using your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction

  • Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path.

  • Never drink and drive.


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