Ferndale Encourages Safe Trick or Treating During Halloween Holiday

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(City of Ferndale press release, Oct. 24, 2013)

It’s that time of year again, where the leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and ghosts, goblins, and Spongebob Square Pants come knocking on your door asking for treats. The City of Ferndale will not regulate trick or treating hours on Thursday, October 31st, but we do encourage parents and trick-or-treaters to practice safety on their pursuit for candy and chocolate. Below are some Halloween safety tips that the City of Ferndale would like to recommend to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable night:

• Trick-or-treat in a group or with an adult.

• Walk, don’t run, and stay on sidewalks.

• Look both ways before crossing streets and only cross the street at corners.

• Wear reflective clothing.

• Be sure your costume is not too long. You don’t want to trip or fall.

• Shoes should fit comfortably (even if they don’t match your costume).

• Carry only flexible swords, knives and props.

• Consider using “face paint” instead of a mask. If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it clearly.moderntax

• Be sure your parents always know where you are going to trick-or-treat and stay in familiar neighborhoods.

• Do not ride a bicycle. Your costume might get tangled in the wheels.

• Keep away from candles and open fires.

• Accept treats only in doorways. Never go into a house.

• Visit homes that have the porch light on.

• Carry a flashlight.

• Never take candy from strangers.

• Be cautious of animals.

• Let parents check your treats before you eat them.

• Never eat unwrapped candy, opened candy or fruit given to you on Halloween.

Mayor Dave Coulter also reminded residents that trick-or-treating is not the only way to celebrate Halloween.

“While Halloween is a fun, festive time in Ferndale, it’s important that everyone works together to help keep our children safe,” Coulter dinos02sidelogo3said. “Drive cautiously, remain alert and encourage safety in your neighborhood.” The City asks all motorists to take extra precautions and be more observant during this time period for children who may not be as alert for traffic. Residents are also encouraged to utilize outside lighting for the safety of trick or treaters. Parents also encouraged to lock and secure vehicles, garages, and houses to reduce the opportunity of theft and vandalism.

We would like to thank you in advance for helping make this a safe and fun-filled holiday!

 

Trick or Treating takes place Oct. 31, but there are also a couple of fun events for costumed kids on Oct. 26.  Check those out in our previous story http://oaklandcounty115.com/festive-ferndale-on-oct-26-hoe-down-trick-or-treat-and-spooktacular/.

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