It's Halloween. To some it is their favorite holiday when children and adults alike dress in their best costume and head out on the town for treats.
With the holiday, Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr would like to remind children and parents of some safety tips to better enjoy the experience.
"Parents, trick-or-treating is a great adventure for children," he said in a press release. "Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips."
You, or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating; ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility; have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glow stick; children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars; check our website, or that of your local law enforcement agency, for registered offenders residing in the area; teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit; remind your children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas; let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual; teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well; teach your children to say "no" and "get away" from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused, even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting.
Trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult, and consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, or community organized events.
The Dodge City Daily Globe wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween tonight.
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