MAYNARD TRICK or TREATING 2015
Neighborhood Trick or Treating:
Saturday, October 31st from 6-8pm
Thanks to Maynard Police Chief, Mark Dubois, for the following safety tips!
Safety Tips for Motorists
- All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets.
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
- 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.
- Never use your cell phone while driving.
- Discourage teens from driving on Halloween – there are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers
Most importantly, all children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, but before trick-or-treating, parents should:
- Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
- Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home.
- Agree on a specific time for your children to come home.
- Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them.
- Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.
- Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
- Walk; do not run, from house to house.
- Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- Children will be anxious to stuff themselves with treats, but parents need to take these necessary precautions first:
- Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten, then examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before your children eat them.
- Give children an early meal before going out to prevent them from filling up on Halloween treats or eating anything before you can inspect it.
- Only let your children eat factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
When making or purchasing Halloween costumes, follow these safety precautions to ensure your children remain safe while looking great:
- 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 sure they are visible.
- Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- If masks are worn, they should have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Encourage your children to remove their masks before crossing the street.
- Children should only wear well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.
These Halloween Safety tips are recommendations from the National Safety Council and are posted on their website: https://www.nsc.org