Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

EPD Halloween imagePress release from the Eureka Police:

The Eureka Police Department would like to provide the below safety tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween. In the spirit of Halloween, officers will be giving out treats throughout the day.

FOR MOTORISTS & BICYCLISTS:

  • Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.

  • Be patient and SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to cross the street. Costumes can impair their ability to not only see and hear you, but also to move quickly.

  • Excited kids may forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street and dart out into traffic. Be extra cautious of this in areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the street.

  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:

  • Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or “glow sticks.”

  • Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and add reflective tape to costumes / trick-or-treat bags. Also secure identification (name, address phone number) on or within a child’s costume.

  • Use face paints or make-up rather than masks that could impair vision.

  • Small children should always be accompanied by adults and stay in groups.

  • If driving children to trick-or-treat, make sure they exit the vehicle on the curb side and not the traffic side.

  • Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they become lost or have an emergency.

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

  • Don’t assume the right of way when crossing a street. Motorists may have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean they all will.

  • Be very cautious of strangers.

  • Trick-or-treaters should only visit houses that have porch lights turned on.

  • Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.

  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

  • Cross streets only at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked cars.

  • Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.

  • Look “left, right, left again” for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.

  • Have an adult check all candy before eating it.

FOR HOMEOWNERS:

  • Turn on your porch light. Provide ample outdoor lighting.

  • Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch, yard, and walkway.

  • Pets can be frightened by Halloween activities. Restrain or bring them indoors to protect them from cars or accidentally hurting trick-or-treaters.

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3 comments

  • If the Eureka police want to make Eureka safe then they need to outlaw black cats in the city limits. Those things bring bad luck!

  • EPD spends all its time writing press releases and dishing out food to junkies. THEY DO NOT ENFORCE THE LAW. How about raiding the grow houses that have already been reported? How about citing all stop sign runners? How about getting the GMOB’s off sidewalks? No,too busy baking Halloween brownies. Halloween is satanism, pure and simple – and the drunkest “holiday” of the year.

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