The Dearborn Police Department offers the following tips so everyone can enjoy a safe Halloween:
1. Parents should help their children pick out a costume that will be safe. The costumes should be fire resistant, masks should have eyeholes large enough to allow for good peripheral vision, and the costume should allow free movement.
2. If your child will be carrying a prop such as a pitchfork or sword make sure the tips are flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Never carry real weapons of any kind.
3. If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes will not accidentally be set on fire. Battery operated pumpkin lights are recommended.
4. Make sure you know the route your children will be taking for trick or treating, if you are not going with them.
5. The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with the children during trick-or-treating. If you cannot go with your child, see if another parent or a teenaged sibling can.
6. Children should stay together as a group if going trick-or-treating without an adult.
7. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Tell your children to cross streets only at crosswalks.
8. Instruct your children never to go into the home of a stranger or get into a stranger’s car.
9. Make sure you set a time for your children to be home and stress the importance for them to be home at that time.
10. Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by an adult.
To ensure the holiday is celebrated with as few incidents as possible the Dearborn Police Department as well as other cities will have extra officers on patrol both Devil’s Night and Halloween night. Police departments will not tolerate any criminal acts such as vandalism, destruction of property or larceny.
If anyone observes anything suspicious or have any complaints, they should contact their local police department. In Dearborn, the Suspicious Activity Hotline is 313-943-3030.