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Halloween advice tips

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents. Nearly 94 percent of children between the ages of four and twelve participate in Halloween activities each year.

The Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) understand parents and children have concerns when planning for Halloween activities. The organizations encourage parents to consider the following basic safety precautions that will help make Halloween and trick or treating a safer night of fun.

  • Choose bright, flame-retardant costumes or add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark and carry a glow stick or flashlight.

  • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.

  • Never send young children out alone. Older children should always travel in groups.

  • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.

  • Be sure children do not approach any vehicle unless you are with them.

  • Discuss basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses.

  • Make sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated and teach them to call 911 in an emergency.

  • Teach children to say “no!” or “this is not my mother/father” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. And teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.

  • Remind children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.

    The Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse provides ID Complete Child Identification and DNA kits in case your child ever becomes missing. The free kits are available in English and Spanish. To obtain a child ID Complete kit from the Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please provide your name, address, number of kits needed and a call back phone number when making a request.


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