Tips to keep little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

News 12 Staff

Oct 31, 2022, 9:58 AM

Updated 576 days ago

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Halloween is such a fun exciting day and night and officials across the Hudson Valley are urging everyone to keep safety in mind to keep all the little ghosts and goblins safe.
Here's a scary statistic - according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night plays a factor, so make sure your kids have reflective tape on their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks so they can be seen. Drivers are warned that you have to be extra cautious and anticipate kids being excited and running out into the street without looking.
Even if kids are just going around the neighborhood, an adult should still be with them - you can hang back a bit when they go up to the houses.
And parents need to keep an eye on the treats. Do not let kids eat anything until you get back to the house and candy can be checked. There is a concern this year about what appears to be candy may be drugs.
"They have to worry about candies being infused with THC, that's the active ingredient in marijuana and other substances as well," says Ellen Moorehouse, Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth.
Fentanyl pills that look like candy are also a big concern this year.
Numerous communities such as Yonkers and Newburgh have Halloween curfews.
Local police officials say parents need to be on top of their game, especially when it comes to crossing the street. "Make sure you're holding their hands or they're not crossing the street by themselves, they're not doing it spontaneously," says Tarrytown Lt. Chris Cole.
"We really impress upon parents, do not let your children eat anything that appears suspicious; if there's anything you don't trust, don't let your children eat it, and if it really looks obvious, you can call the police department. We will send an officer, we will look at what you have," says Lt. Cole.


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