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Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Thursday, October 29, 2015

CONCORD – Halloween is a potentially dangerous night of the year for young pedestrians, and the Concord Fire and Police Departments urge parents, children, and all drivers to take extra precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk for childhood pedestrian deaths and injuries is higher on Halloween evening when compared with all other evenings.

Remember that “after 8 is too late!”
By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Some older youth go out later in the evening looking for mischief. Turn off your porch light at 8:00 p.m. to deter people from approaching your house. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year.

There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in
Concord before it gets dark. The Concord Downtown Development Corporation and Downtown businesses will once again host the annual Candy Crawl on Friday, October 30 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Police officers, fire fighters, and other City coworkers will participate in the Candy Crawl event.

Safe Kids Cabarrus will also be at the Downtown Candy Crawl to provide children with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Important safety information for children, parents, and drivers will be available.

On Halloween, Saturday, October 31, trick-or-treaters can visit the Concord Police headquarters at 41 Cabarrus Avenue West between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. for a treat. The Concord Fire Department will open
all Fire Stations except Station 6 (click link for station locations) to trick-or-treaters between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to stop in for some treats and a tour of their local fire station.

A few safety tips for parents:

  • Children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult.
  • Older kids mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision should go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
  • Those driving vehicles on Halloween should be especially cautious in residential areas and at intersections, crosswalks, and along sidewalks.

While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers.