Tips for avoiding 'tricks' on this Halloween

Robert Houk • Oct 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM

With inclement weather in the forecast, local law enforcement agencies are urging trick-or-treaters and motorists to use extra caution on this Halloween.

Officials with the city of Johnson City and the area Chamber of Commerce are hoping children and their parents can avoid much of the predicted heavy wind and rain today by joining them for indoors trick-or-treating at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

A number of local businesses and related agencies are partnering with the city from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to distribute candy and other treats at the community center. 

The annual Trick-or-Treat on Walnut Street will also take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Children and adults who plan to go trick-or-treating are advised to follow a few key safety tips from the National Safety Council. Motorists and homeowners are also being asked to be on the lookout for children and adults searching for treats tonight.

Those tips include:

• Drivers should watch for children darting out from between parked cars, or walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 

• Parents should make sure that an adult or a responsible teenager will be accompanying trick-or-treaters age 12 or younger. Children should travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.

• Youngsters should not to eat any candy until they have returned home and it has been examined by an adult.

• Costumes should be made of fire-retardant materials, and should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Safety officials say falls are the leading cause of injury on Halloween.

• Halloween costumes should also be made with light colored materials and strips of reflective tape should be used to make children more visible to motorists. It’s also important that masks don’t obstruct a child’s vision.

• Children and the adults who accompany them should carry flashlights to light the way.

• Trick-or-treaters should walk on the sidewalk, not in the street. In areas with no sidewalks, children need to walk facing traffic, and remain close to the edge of the road or street. 

• Both children and adults should put their electronic devices down and keep heads up while walking the streets tonight.

• Homeowners should turn on their porch lights to help guide trick-or-treaters to their front doors. They should also remove any obstructions — such as Halloween decorations or planters — that might create a tripping hazard.

• Jack-o-lanterns and other decorations that use candles should also be placed out of reach of children.