Tips for a safe and fun Halloween
By Sarah Frierson
In Cooper-Young we love any reason to celebrate and indulge our sweet tooth, making Halloween a favorite holiday for many. As you plan for October 31, keep in mind some of these tips and help make Halloween fun and safe for everyone.
For homes welcoming trick-or-treaters:
1. Turn on your porch light or other exterior lights as long as you are offering candy or goodies to trick-or-treaters.
2. Remove obstacles or hazards from the areas between the sidewalk and your door. Children wearing masks or costumes are far more likely to trip over planters, benches, large rocks, etc.
3. Consider using battery-powered lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns and other decorations.
4. Confine, segregate, or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.
5. Turn off your porch light or other exterior lights by 8pm.
For trick-or-treaters and parents:
1. Park and walk through the neighborhood. Please leave bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades at home for the evening.
2. Plan to complete your trick-or-treating before 8pm.
3. Consider putting reflective material or tape on your costume and treat bag.
4. Travel in a group. Young children should be with an adult.
5. Stay on the sidewalks.
6. When possible, please cross the street at an intersection.
7. Please do not approach houses with porch lights turned off.
8. Bring flashlights if you plan to be out after dark.
For those residents who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities:
1. Please turn off all exterior lights until after at least 8:30pm.
2. Please drive slowly and be on the lookout for children.
1. Please call the police (901-545-COPS) if you have any safety concerns or witness any problems.
2. Have a fun and safe Halloween!