JACKSON CO. – Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike. Assembling funny or spooky costumes and trick-or-treating are among the highlights.
However, there are definite risks on this holiday worth noting. Events that take place in the dark are more dangerous – unfortunately, this means children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Sheriff Rick Meyer asks motorists to be on alert.
“Drivers on nights when children are out trick or treating need to proceed slowly and use extra caution,” said Sheriff Meyer.
This year, parents need to be especially aware of the potential for children to be exposed to drugs disguised as candy. Authorities in several states have recently seized deadly Fentanyl disguised as popular candies.
“As your sheriff, I want everyone to enjoy this holiday in a safe and responsible manner,” said Sheriff Meyer.
Sheriff Meyer advises parents to accompany their children when they trick or treat and to use a flashlight and reflective tape or material to increase visibility.
Remember that face paint is safer than masks, which can obscure vision. Make sure your child won’t trip in their costume.
Pay close attention at intersections and when crossing streets.
Motorists should be extra alert and on the lookout for children in dark clothing. Drive more slowly than usual.
Once you arrive back home, parents should go through all candy to make sure it’s in original, undamaged packaging. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
“With a little forethought and planning, we can all enjoy a fun time on Halloween,” said Sheriff Meyer. “If we all take some precautions and stay alert, everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween.”
The Sheriff’s Department will have a drive-thru trick-or-treating event from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31st. Jackson County trick-or-treating hours are from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.