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Annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night

The York Police Department will be adding extra patrols for this year’s Halloween holiday.  Foot officers, mountain bike patrols, and unmarked patrol units will be added to insure the safety of our children throughout the community.  We are asking the community to help make this a safe time by “watching out for each other” and reporting any suspicious or unsafe activities immediately to us.

The Town of York will observe the annual Halloween trick-or-treat night on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The York Police Department would like to recommend the following safety tips to make this year’s Halloween festivities a safe one.

• Children should be accompanied by a parent, older brother or sister or other responsible person while trick-or-treating.
• If a child cannot be accompanied, they should accompany a group of trick-or-treaters.
• Travel in familiar areas and along an established, well-lighted route.
• Trick-or-treat routes should be planned so that parents are aware of what streets their children are going to be on.
• Restrict trick-or-treat visits to homes with porch or outside lights on.
• Homeowners should remove obstacles such as tools, ladders, children’s toys, etc. from steps, lawns and front porches.
• Children should carry flashlights while trick-or-treating and while walking.
• Masks should fit securely.  Make the eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
• Applying face paint or cosmetics directly to the face is safer than a loose fitting mask that can obstruct a child’s vision.  Shorten costumes to reduce the risk of tripping.
• Allow children to carry only flexible soft props, not devices that could cause injuries if they fall.
• To prevent traffic injuries and to help make your children more visible, decorate costumes with reflective tape.
• Decorate bags and sacks with reflective tapes.
• Use Halloween costumes that are light or bright to make them move visible at dark.
• It is particularly important to remind children to practice traffic safety.  Stop at the corners; look left and right before crossing; don’t dart out between parked cars.
• Motorists driving on Halloween, including parent sand baby-sitters who are chauffeuring children around the neighborhoods, need to take precautions;
o  Slow down in neighborhoods.
o Obey all traffic signals.
o Watch for children walking in the street or on medians and curbs.
o Enter and exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
o Consider taking your child to a party as an alternative.

The York Parks and Recreation Department will again be hosting a costume parade on Friday night, October 29, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. at the York Town Hall and ending at Village Elementary School.  Following the parade there will be more exciting events and music.  We support this type of activity because it is a safe way for children of all ages to have fun as a community.

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