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Halloween safety tips from the Neighborhood Resource Unit (NRU)

Trick-or-treating in the City of Mt. Pleasant is scheduled for October 31, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Before heading down the trick-or-treat trail, the Neighborhood Resource Unit (NRU) encourages the community to remember the following tips to keep your family safe:

  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalks
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible; if there's no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic
  • Don't criss-cross back and forth across the street; work your way up one side of the street and then start on the other
  • Cross the street at established crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the road
  • Only accept packaged or wrapped candy
  • Don't eat any treats before you get home; once home, parents should look through the treats to make sure everything is okay
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick

    Additional tips for older children who will trick-or-treat without an adult:

    • Bring along a cell phone in case you need to make an emergency phone call
    • Let your parents know where you're going to be at all times
    • Always travel in groups, preferably of three or more people