Annapolis police announced Tuesday that it is safe for pint-sized residents to go trick or treating Wednesday evening as long as parents exercise extra caution.
"People should stay alert, be careful and supervise their children," said Police Chief Michael Pristoop. "Try to stay in well-lighted areas and watch out for hazards which may be more prevalent due to the storm."
Some parents and children in Annapolis worried that the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and subsequent power outages might have delayed or canceled this sweet and spooky holiday.
Police officials request that motorists and parents use extra caution while making their way through residential districts. Power may be still be out in some areas, and the roads may be slippery with leaves.
"With the excitement of Halloween, children may fail to realize the dangers when they run out into the street," according to a press release. "Some Halloween costumes and masks greatly reduce the visibility of the children, and obstruct the Trick or Treaters' view of cars and other hazards."
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Halloween Safety Tips from Annapolis Police:
- Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping, and add reflective tape.
- Make sure children can see well enough through face masks, or use makeup instead.
- Adults should accompany young children.
- Cross the street only at corners and never between parked vehicles. If there is not a sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
- Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats.
- Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- If you suspect that a treat has been tampered with, contact the Annapolis Police Department.