FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Kids look forward all year to the Halloween trick-or-treating. And after many in Fairfield County missed out for the past two years because of snowstorms, hurricanes and dangerous downed trees and power lines, it's important to be extra safe this year, the Connecticut State Police warn.
"Halloween is one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for thousands of ghosts and goblins and, with safety in mind, the Connecticut State Police has a list of recommendations for keeping our state’s youngest residents safe on this holiday," the state police said on their website.
Children and parents are urged to follow these instructions for an exciting night of tricks and treats:
- Wear bright, light-colored or reflective costumes so that motorists see you. Add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags for increased visibility.
- Carry a flashlight so that you will be seen as you walk from house to house.
- Use caution as you visit houses. Be alert for objects or toys in the walkway or on the porch.
- Never enter anyone’s house or car for a treat.
- Always go trick-or-treating in a group -- and that includes adults; never go out alone.
- Do not eat any treats until you arrive home and your parents inspect all goodies.
- Only collect treats from those you know.
- Always watch for cars as you walk from house to house.
- Do not wear a mask that hinders vision in any way.
Before Halloween night, residents are reminded to clear walkways of any obstacles that could hamper visits from costumed youngsters. Parents should inspect all treats collected by their children and dispose of any items that appear to be unsafe for consumption, such as unwrapped, partially opened, discolored or out-of-the-ordinary treats.
In addition, parents are urged to check the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry online before Halloween night so they can map out their trick-or-treating routes.
State Police Col. Danny R. Stebbins reminded all drivers to be extra cautious on Halloween night.
“I urge all Connecticut residents to please drive cautiously and obey all traffic laws. Be aware of children who will be running from house to house. We do not want the excitement of this evening marred by a senseless tragedy. This is a fun and scary night, but safety must come first,” Stebbins said.
In addition to safety, the next question may be whether your Halloween costumes should be rain repellent. Thursday afternoon carries a chance of showers, with rain called for by Thursday night. But your costumes don't need to be thermal -- high temperatures in the low 60s are forecast for Halloween.