October 25, 2011
Hempstead Town is partnering with Stop & Shop this October to provide residents with Halloween Safety Guides to help plan a safe and healthy night of trick-or-treating for their children. The town's Halloween Safety Guide will be available at Stop & Shop locations in Hempstead, West Hempstead, Levittown and East Meadow.
"These Halloween Safety Guides include valuable information for children and parents on how to ensure a safe trick-or-treating experience on October 31st," stated Murray. "I would like to thank Stop & Shop for helping the Town of Hempstead get out the important message of Halloween safety."
"The very aspects that make Halloween fun - walking around dark and spooky streets, trick-or-treating and donning fun costumes - can also create dangerous situations for children," explained Supervisor Murray. The town's Halloween Safety Guide includes excellent tips on how to map out a plan for your child's trick-or-treating adventure. View the Halloween Safety Guide online.
"Stop & Shop applauds Supervisor Murray for addressing the safety issues that concern all parents during Halloween," said Arlene Putterman, spokesperson for Stop & Shop. "The advice offered by Ms. Murray is practical, and if homeowners follow these guidelines the children will be afforded the extra protection needed to make sure that their Halloween is fun and safe."
Some of the tips detailed in the Halloween Safety Guide include:
A child should never travel alone - if not trick-or-treating with a parent, a child should have at least one buddy. Trick-or-treating in groups is even better.
Costumes should fit properly. Masks can obstruct vision; loose fabric can result in falls.
Parents should map out a safe, well-lit trick-or-treating route for their children. Explain to your children that they are not to travel beyond that route.
Set a curfew for your child.
Children should NEVER enter the home of a stranger.
Children should stick reflective tape on their costumes and/or trick-or-treating bags to be more easily seen.
Children should not open any candy until a responsible adult has checked it.
If your child/teen has a cell phone, make sure it's charged and turned on.
If your teen is going to be driving on Halloween, make sure he or she has gas in the tank. You don't want them to be stranded at night in a strange neighborhood.
Make sure your teens know the difference between fun and vandalism: they can be arrested if caught throwing eggs at homes or vehicles.
"This October 31st, it is imperative that parents make a concerted effort to educate their children on Halloween safety," stated Murray. "By making safety your number-one priority, all the frights and fun of Halloween will be more enjoyable for everyone!"