Halloween is this Monday. Milbank Police Chief, Boyd VanVooren, stated, “With the Chamber of Commerce Treat Street, Milbank has been a very safe community on Halloween.” “But, please keep in mind ways to make the evening as safe as possible.” He offered these safety tips for your little ghosts and goblins.
VanVooren’s Safety Tips for Halloween Night
1. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
2. For older children, plan and review a route that is acceptable.
3. Agree on a time for children to return home.
4. Only go to homes with a porch light on.
5. Never enter a home or car for a treat.
6. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
7. Tell children not to eat any treats until they return home.
8. Teach children to never enter a stranger’s home.
9. Treat Street is a great safe place for children on Halloween.
Motorists are also reminded of safety tips for Halloween night. VanVooren cautions drivers to watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
His final piece of advice relates to Halloween costumes. VanVooren cautions all costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant. “If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make them more visible.”
Milbank’s fleet of officers will be out in the community Halloween night. If issues arise, talk to one of them or call for help.