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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Scares and safety on Halloween

By Andy Hallman | Oct 25, 2010

    Trick-or-treaters should be mindful of traffic as they criss-cross town Saturday night. That is the advice of Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman and Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar. Dunbar said he’d like kids to wear white or bright costumes when they go from house to house. He said there are now reflective costumes that children can wear to make them more visible to cars.

    “We’d like to see them wear a costume that is reflective on all four sides,” said Dunbar. “If a kid is running across the street, they are easier to spot if they have on some type of reflective clothing.”

    The sheriff’s office has reflective Halloween bags which it is giving away for free. Safety tips are written on the outside of the bag and inside the bag is a small booklet on bicycle safety and a sucker. Dunbar recommended that kids travel in groups, and that an older person be nearby, such as a babysitter, a parent or guardian.  

    Dunbar and Goodman concurred that Washington does not see a spike in crime near Halloween. Dunbar said there used to be “mischief” in the past but that it has gone by the wayside. However, he said that his deputies are out patrolling during the trick-or-treating hours to ensure the safety of children.

    Goodman remarked that it is usually the neighboring big cities that have problems with crime on Halloween.

    “For us, it’s normally pretty quiet,” said Goodman.

    Goodman said that Halloween is a chance for kids to have a good time, and they are usually able to do that without any problems. Goodman advised children to wear reflective costumes and to carry a flashlight or even a glow stick.

For the full story, see the Oct. 26 edition of The Washington Evening Journal

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