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A safe and happy Halloween

Chief John Dyer
Police Beat

Halloween is one of my favorite celebrations. The enjoyment and fun that kids have make this a great time of year. Like any other celebration, we want your children to be safe while they enjoy the costumes and trick-or-treating. Some thoughts on safety on Halloween are:

• Consider a church, community, or work sponsored event. For smaller kids, the Rifle Library will be holding their annual Halloween parade. For all kids, there will be a family fun night at the Fairgrounds on Halloween night. These parties are a great way for kids to have fun and be safe.

If your kids are going out for trick-or-treating:

• Make sure your kids have bright costumes and either a flashlight or some type of reflective material on costumes or bags.

• Avoid trick or treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

• Use sidewalks whenever possible, and look both ways before crossing the street. Kids get excited to get to the next house and can easily forget this step.

• Only visit well lit houses, and do not go inside, unless you are with a trusted adult.

• Choose face paints and makeup over masks, as they can obscure vision.

• Make sure a parent or trusted adult checks all of the treats before kids eat them.

As I said, Halloween can be great fun. The Rifle Police Department will have extra officers out to make sure we are all safe. Please say hello when you see them.


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