Grand Rapids Police Department offers trick-or-treating safety tips

Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon talks with Lauren Stanton about some of the things you should keep in mind as you head out to trick-or-treat.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Grand Rapids Police Department  and Meijer will partner once again this year to help make Halloween special.

This year, Meijer donated over 200 bags of candy for Grand Rapids Police Officers to pass out to not only "trick-or-treaters" but to young people they come in contact with on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

"This partnership is a great way to encourage Halloween Safety, while creating positive youth and officer interaction," said Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky. "Officers will be in the community, out of their cars, getting closer to the people we serve while simultaneous helping to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone."

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GRPD also offers the following tips to help your children have a safe and Happy Halloween:

  • Please respect that neighbors who do not have their porch lights on are choosing not to participate.
  • Do not trick-or-treat alone. Go with parents or adult friends.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing after sundown.
  • Wear flame-retardant materials.
  • Avoid billowy costumes and wigs.
  • Props such as magic wands and swords should be made from cardboard rather than metal or wood.
  • Do not wear a mask that blocks or restricts your vision.
  • Obey all traffic safety rules.
  • Walk on sidewalks; do not walk in the street. If you must walk in the street, walk on the left side facing traffic.
  • Carry and use a flashlight.
  • Trick-or-treat only in your own neighborhood.
  • Do not go into any stranger's home or car, even if you are offered candy.
  • Do not eat any candy or other food until your parents examine it.
  • Homeowners should have outside porch lights on where trick-or-treaters are welcome.
  • Drivers should be especially aware and observant when driving through residential neighborhoods.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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