Safety is always a priority, especially when it comes to kids. The City of Biloxi is encouraging parents to follow these tips when it comes to trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Use a flashlight to see and be seen.
- Remove any mask or item that may limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
- Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
- Trick-or-treat only in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street, and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
- Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered. In fact, no treats should be eaten until thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
- Authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to apportion treats for the days after Halloween.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.