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Federal Way Halloween safety tips, trick-or-treat options
Courtesy of the Federal Way Police Department:
Halloween is a fun holiday for children, but for parents, trick or treat time can be a little scary.
Concerns about children’s safety and the load of goodies they return home with can distract from the evening’s festivities. Do not fear! By following a few safety tips, you can ensure that Halloween will be a great time for all.
There are several areas of concern for citizens to consider as Halloween approaches.
• Proper attire: Ensure that costumes fit properly, reflect light and are fire resistant. The costume should complement the current weather conditions. Avoid cumbersome masks. Do not carry fake swords, knives or guns that look authentic. Children should go out during daylight hours unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
• Group activity: Plan your route. Always trick or treat in groups with an adult. Take a flashlight. Stay on sidewalks and in lighted areas. Obey traffic signals, use crosswalks and do not jaywalk. Drive slowly all evening. Be alert to creatures that may cross your path.
• Familiar area: Visit familiar neighbors, avoid the unknown. Only visit well-lighted houses. Never enter a home of a stranger, or accept a ride from a stranger. If the area looks scary, stay away. Tell your children not to cut through alleys or fields. Stay in populated places.
• Treat inspection: Children should not eat treats until they get home. Inspect all candy in a well-lighted area. Discard any candy that is unwrapped, punctured or has loose wrappings.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Federal Way Police Department by calling 911.
• Alternatives for trick or treating: Organize a Halloween costume party. Community Halloween events include the Federal Way Community Center’s Tricks N’ Treats from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The Halloween Festival at the Commons Mall runs 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Activities include trick or treating, games and prizes. Photos provided by Arthur and Associates. Photo proceeds benefit Federal Way’s Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Facebook fans who like The Commons page (and prove it with their phone or a printout) can get a free $10 mall gift card at 5 p.m. while supplies last.