Halloween safety tips from local law enforcement

Published 12:40 am Tuesday, October 31, 2023

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett, and Captain Mason Adcock, who serves as the assistant chief of the Luverne Police Department, have provided valuable guidance for both trick-or-treaters and the responsible adults overseeing them in anticipation of Halloween celebrations.

Emphasizing the significance of visibility, both law enforcement leaders recommended that trick-or-treaters wear costumes that prioritize being seen. 

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Averett suggested, “Parents should consider placing a lighting device on their children or incorporating reflective tape into their costumes. Equally vital is for parents to impress upon their kids the importance of vigilance when dealing with traffic, particularly on U.S. HWY 331, a road with significant traffic.”

To enhance safety, they disclosed their plans for a substantial law enforcement presence, including collaboration with the fire department. Officers will patrol the primary trick-or-treating areas with blue lights to encourage motorists to reduce their speed and ensure the safe crossing of children and parents.

Adcock stressed that visibility is the linchpin of a secure trick-or-treating night. He advised, “Including reflective materials in children’s costumes is wise. A glow stick attached to their candy bag can make them more visible to drivers. It’s crucial to avoid hats or masks that obstruct a child’s view, and parents should have a candid conversation with their children about remaining watchful for traffic.”

Both officers confirmed that extra personnel will be deployed during trick-or-treating to maintain safety. In Luverne, officers on foot patrol will oversee the trick-or-treaters.

Adcock pointed out, “Every Halloween, we bolster our patrols during trick-or-treating to monitor and address any potential issues. Halloween is a wonderful opportunity for the community to have fun, and we want to ensure everyone’s safety. By adhering to a few safety guidelines, we can have a trouble-free celebration.”

Averett and Adcock urged parents and trick-or-treaters to acquaint themselves with the following safety recommendations:

  • Only visit homes with illuminated porch lights and refrain from entering homes or vehicles for treats.
  • Advise children and adults to stow electronic devices, keep their heads up, and walk—avoid running—between houses, utilizing sidewalks when available.
  • Instruct children not to consume any treats until they return home and their parents have inspected them.
  • Young children should always be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.
  • When older children are trick-or-treating alone, it’s essential to plan a predefined route, set a return time, and have them remain in well-lit, familiar areas while avoiding going alone.
  • Disregard any questionable candy or items.
  • Motorists should drive cautiously during trick-or-treating, refraining from passing stopped vehicles, yielding to pedestrians, and remaining alert for children near roadways. Use turn signals and, if picking up or dropping off children, activate hazard lights. Be cautious when entering driveways and alleys, and minimize distractions by turning off or setting your cell phone to do-not-disturb.

Trick-or-treating in both areas is scheduled for the 31st in Brantley from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and in Luverne from 5:30 to 7 p.m.