• September 19, 2014

Officials offer safety tips for Halloween night

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:46 pm, Thu Oct 31, 2013.

Whether you’re dressed up in ghoulish, spine-chilling garb or opting for more light-hearted apparel, safety is of the utmost importance on Halloween night.

Eager trick-or-treaters should only approach homes with front porch lights on, and homes that wish to participate should ensure they use this signal to indicate trick-or-treaters are welcome, Killeen city officials said.

For parents, officials recommend dressing children in costumes that are nonrestrictive.

Planning trick-or-treat routes is recommended, as well as having a meeting spot in case parents and children get separated.

“It is a good idea to plan with trusted friends and neighbors to trick-or-treat as a group,” said Sgt. Andrew Samarripa of Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services, Crime Prevention. He also suggested using the buddy system, emphasizing the importance of safety in numbers.

As for costumes, Samarripa recommended reflective or bright-colored materials. If lighter hues don’t mesh with dark and spooky garb, have children use flashlights to ensure they don’t blend in completely with their surroundings.

Candy should be examined by adults before it is consumed.

According to AAA, drivers should avoid neighborhood shortcuts, watch for children in the streets, medians and curbs, and drive slowly and sober.

EVENTS

Halloween Carnival: Killeen Parks and Recreation will host the city’s annual carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Killeen Special Events Center. The free event will include games, arts and crafts, a haunted house and pumpkin patch. Children should dress in costume and bring a bag for candy.

Halloween Hoopla: The Harker Heights Park and Recreation Department is holding its eighth annual Halloween Hoopla from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carl Levin Park. There will be bounce houses, candy and games. Concessions will be sold. Guests will receive a bag of candy. In the event of inclement weather, call 254-953-5660.

Killeen Mall: Stores will have candy for trick-or-treaters from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes, but no one older than 10 will be allowed to have their faces covered by paint or masks.

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