The Bossier City Police Department is advising children and parents to exercise safety and care while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night this Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Police Chief Shane McWilliams is urging motorists to be especially watchful for Trick-or-Treaters that evening as they go door-to-door. Police will step up patrols in residential areas on Halloween night where children are present to help keep them safe.
The police department also encourages parents to take advantage of organized, supervised Halloween events for their children and asks them to end door-to-door Trick-or-Treating by 8 p.m. on Halloween as a courtesy to residents.
Additionally, the Bossier City Police Department is offering the following safety tips to parents whose children will be out Trick-or-Treating:
Never allow children to trick-or-treat without responsible adult supervision.
Always stay in groups.
Keep costumes simple. Avoid long, fancy costumes that may cause children to trip and fall.
Use sidewalks and stay out of the street whenever possible.
Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.
Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
Don't allow children to eat treats until a responsible grownup examines them first.
Call police if any suspicious activity occurs, or if candy is suspected to be tainted.
Residents are urged to hand out only manufactured, sealed candy.