Halloween Safety & HPD Trick or Treating

Safety tips for Halloween night. (Source: MGNOnline)
Safety tips for Halloween night. (Source: MGNOnline)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris has increased police patrols in neighborhoods for families celebrating Halloween.

Morris said, "Huntsville has been very fortunate over the years not to have any incidents involving motorists or children and our officers will be monitoring traffic and children to keep that safe record."

Officers and volunteers with Huntsville Community Watch will hand out treats at 3 Precincts on Friday, October 31, 2014.

· Former North Precinct Building: Located at 2105-B Mastin Lake Road, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

· South Precinct: Located at 7900 Bailey Cove Road, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

· West Precinct: Located at 2110 Clinton Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Huntsville Police recommended that parents go over the following safety tips with their children to assure that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

Children Should: Be accompanied by adults at all times. Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks, never cross the street between parked vehicles, never go into a stranger's house, watch out for cars backing up or turning, carry a flashlight, and wear bright colored clothing or reflective tape to increase visibility to motorists.

Drivers Should: Keep an eye open for children who forget the rules, use caution when traveling and obey posted traffic signs especially in neighborhoods.

Parents Should: Instruct children not to open candy until they return home, inspect ALL candy for tampering, discuss the route their children should be taking and explain the difference between tricks and vandalism (especially in cemeteries). 

Home Owners Should: Ensure your home is well lighted both inside and out to prevent injuries or vandalism. Remove all obstacles from lawns to avoid injuries and don't use candles in ornaments that could set a fire.