RICHMOND, Va. – Local police shared some tips that they thought were important for kids and parents to read ahead of Halloween.
“We encourage everyone to have a fun and festive Halloween weekend, but be vigilant and stay safe by following these tips provided by our friends at NextDoor.com,” the Richmond Police Department posted on Facebook
- Dress like a ghoul or goblin, but stay safe. Make sure costumes and candy containers are reflective.
- To avoid tripping, costumes shouldn’t drag too far on the ground.
- Props should be just that: props. Swords, knives, staffs, and wands should be soft and flexible to avoid injury.
- Use well-marked routes to get to the candy.
- Always use the sidewalk, and do not cut across yards or use alleys.
- Cross the road at a crosswalk.
- Trick-or-treat with trusted neighbors.
- Plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy.
- Register today at https://nextdoor.com/city/richmond–va/ and use the Nextdoor Treat Map to plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy.
- When in doubt, throw the candy out.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is completely unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade and not factory-wrapped.
- Small children should not be allowed hard candy, which is a choking hazard.