Safety must remain a priority amid the candy and colorful costumes of Halloween trick-or-treating.
Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said there is one underlying rule for parents to keep in mind during trick-or-treating hours.
“Parents need to be with those kids and go only to homes that have the porch lights lit,” Thomason said.
It’s a departure from years ago when kids were allowed out on their own on Halloween. But Thomason said people realize it’s not the same as it was 20 years ago.
“I think they do. You usually see parents standing by on the sidewalk watching the kids approach the houses and coming back,” he said.
Even with the houses that have porch lights on, Thomason stressed parents should tell their kids not to go into the homes of people they don’t know.
Because of the weekend holiday, Halloween trick-or-treating hours in Vermilion County fall on either Saturday, Oct. 30, or Sunday, Oct. 31, depending upon the location. Most hours run from 5-8 p.m.
Thomason said Danville has had a good track record in past years with little occurrence of property damage incidents or situations where foreign objects were found in candy.
Nevertheless, police recommend parents throw out any unpackaged candy or treats that children receive.
Other Halloween safety tips include:
--Avoid loose or dark clothing and unsafe shoes; Use reflective tape and carry a flashlight if out after dark.
--Avoid masks that reduce vision; make up is safer.
--Keep costumed children away from pets.
--Travel with 3-4 others in your age group.
--Visit only homes in your neighborhood.
--Use sidewalks where available; look both ways before crossing a street and never cross the street from between parked cars.