Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-Or-Treating - 2019

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat in Lancaster County is scheduled to run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019, due to inclement weather on Halloween.

The Manheim Township Police Department has created the following tips to ensure Halloween is safe and fun:

• Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police. department immediately by calling 9-1-1.
• Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

• Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.

• Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
• Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision.
• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
• Travel in groups. Parents should accompany young children.
• Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
• Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
• Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
• Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
• Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
• Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
• Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
• Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
• Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

• Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
• Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org