🎃 Queen Creek and MCSO Encourage a Fun and Safe Halloween 👻
Halloween is an exciting time of year, but it can also come with increased risks. The Town of Queen Creek and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 – Queen Creek want residents to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween. Since most Halloween events occur at night, the risk of injury to children increases. The following safety tips can help prevent injuries and reduce risks.
- Choose costumes that are bright or add reflective tape for greater visibility.
- Do not obstruct children’s vision. Make sure masks are secure or use make-up instead of masks.
- Costumes, wigs, and accessories should be flame resistant.
- Avoid long or baggy costumes to prevent tripping.
- Wear shoes that fit well for comfortable walking and to avoid a fall.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
- Carry a flashlight to be seen.
- Older children should travel in a group and know their plan in advance.
- Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches.
- Never enter a home or car.
- Cross streets at corners, and never from between two vehicles.
- Watch for cars driving into or backing out of driveways.
- Do not eat treats until they are checked by an adult at home.
- Confine household pets for the evening and make sure that they are wearing collars with identification tags.
- A responsible adult should closely examine all treats.Check for holes or loose wrappers.
- Don’t eat opened candy or other goodies.
- Avoid any distractions inside your car.
- Slow down, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, turn your headlights on earlier in the day, and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Watch for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
October is also Crime Prevention Awareness Month, making it an excellent time to review important safety tips:
- Always lock your doors, both in your home and your vehicle.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- If you’re going out at night, park in well-lit areas.
- Never keep valuables in your vehicle.
- If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—it’s not worth giving up your life.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer