Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

October 31, 2013

Trick or treat! Be safe, have fun tonight

— — Motorists beware. Area streets and roads will be crowded today with hundreds of children as they travel door to door in search of candy and other Halloween goodies. The weather outside is expected to be nice this evening — no Frankenstorm this year — so most communities can expect to see plenty of children out trick-or-treating along area streets and highways.

Most communities across the region will observe Halloween this evening between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. That means many excited youngsters dressed in their favorite costumes will be out at dusk and after dark this evening on area roads. Motorists, including those making the commute home from work, should take note and slow down. Everyone on the road this evening and tonight should be on the lookout for children who are out trick or treating along area streets and highways.

It is our hope that all area children have a safe and fun Halloween. And area parents are asked to take note of a number of safety tips and good common-sense suggestions for this evening. They include:

• All children who are out trick or treating should be accompanied by adults, and should never go into a stranger’s home alone.

• Parents should have their children wear light-colored, flame-resistant costumes.

• Parents are reminded that face paint can be safer than masks, which can obstruct the view of youngsters.

• Trick or treaters should always have flashlights and be wearing some form of reflective tape.

• Homeowners should make sure all of their pets are in a secure location to keep them from inadvertently biting a child who is out trick or treating.

• Homeowners should also use jack-o’-lanterns lit with battery-powered sources instead of candles. If candles are used, property owners are asked to keep the pumpkin away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing. If a home is located near a wooded area, the homeowner should make sure the pumpkin is not near dry leaves or grass that could catch fire.

• All candy collected by trick or treaters should not be eaten until it is brought home and checked by an adult. Anything that is not professionally wrapped should be thrown away.

We ask all motorists to slow down and be on the lookout for youngsters who will be out and about trick or treating this evening, and also remind parents to keep a close eye on their children as they travel door to door in search of Halloween goodies.

And we encourage all would-be pranksters to stay home.

Halloween is a night for children. It is not a night for ugly, destructive and dangerous pranks. Those who are up to no good are reminded that law enforcement officials will be out in full force tonight looking for would-be vandals.

Here’s to a safe and happy Halloween to all.

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