Mixing scary fun and safety

Getting freaked out on Halloween usually isn’t a rare feeling. There are ghosts and witches, vampires and mummies. However, don’t let an ignorance of safety ruin your fun night. Obey store rules and be careful on the road.

Jacqui Campbell, public education coordinator for the Steamboat Springs Fire Department, said you want to make sure you wear a costume bright enough for cars and other people to see.

“You could even wear a reflective tape or something to be seen if your costume is dark,” Campbell said.

If you wear a mask, make sure you can see clearly through it and hear out of it. You’ll want to know when cars are coming, she said.

“Always use a buddy system when trick-or-treating. We really advocate going downtown for the merchant trick-or-treating,” Campbell said.

On the way from house to house to trick-or-treat or to the downtown merchant Halloween Stroll, Campbell said to stay in well-lit areas or places easily seen vs. walking in alleys or behind buildings.

“Go to homes where you know the people that live there,” Campbell said. “Get a parent to double check the treats and make sure everything is wrapped and sealed.”

Campbell said not to use candles in your jack-o-lantern but a flashlight instead.

“Never leave a candle unattended,” Campbell said.

She also recommended using the sidewalk instead of walking in the street and carrying a flashlight to find your way through neighborhoods.

Art Fiebing, Steamboat Springs assistant police chief, said trick-or-treaters should walk in familiar neighborhoods, wear decent shoes, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic if there are no sidewalks and use pretend, flexible weapons.

Also, have kids carry money in case they need to call home.

Drivers need to watch out for children and drive slowly.

“Just be super careful,” he said.

Compiled by Kelly Silva

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