Bulletin Staff Report

Law enforcement officials encourage parents to work with the police and sheriff’s departments to ensure every child has a safe Halloween.

The Brownwood Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office suggest the following safety rules:

Don’t let any children trick or treat without adult supervision. Trick or treat in groups. Provide flashlights for each group. Use reflective tape or material on costumes or clothing. Remind children to use caution when stepping between parked vehicles or when crossing the street. Remind children not to enter houses while trick or treating. Remind children to allow parents to inspect candy and any treats before eating them.

Children who trick or treat should do so at relatives’ and friends’ homes, and churches and businesses that provide activities and treats in safe and controlled environments.

The police and sheriff’s departments will provide treats for children from 6-8 p.m. Halloween night, Oct. 31, at the Law Enforcement Center at 1050 W. Commerce.

“Children and adults will be walking through neighborhoods all across Texas on Wednesday night. Many of those pedestrians will not be watching out for their safety, so drivers will have to be extra vigilant,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“Drivers should slow down, watch for trick-or-treaters and designate a sober driver. All pedestrians should pay attention to their surroundings.”

The DPS suggests the following safety guidelines:

Avoid toy guns and knives — they could be mistaken for the real thing. Wear costumes that are light in color and short enough to avoid tripping. Wear shoes that fit. Place reflective material on the costume, so drivers can see you. Avoid masks — use face paint instead for better visibility and peripheral vision. Carry a flashlight. Look both ways before crossing roadways. Always walk, don’t run.

Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks when possible.

Travel in groups with adult supervision.

Do not enter the cars and homes of strangers. Avoid homes without visible porch lights.

Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number if they have an emergency or become lost.

Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything. Never eat unwrapped candy.